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Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense10th104.6 (20th)267.7 (9th)
Defense27th106.7 (16th)283.4 (28th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Inside slant · Strategy and personnel

--After Hines Ward questioned why Ben Roethlisberger did not play last Sunday, one week after a concussion, the quarterback was asked if he thinks Ward will play Thursday despite a hamstring injury. "Hines will do what's best for Hines, I'm sure," Roethlisberger said.

--The Browns have the longest current losing streak in the NFL at seven, while the Steelers are second at four.

--Since 1999, the Steelers have the third-best record on the road at 51-43, behind only Indianapolis at 60-34 and New England at 56-38.

--Steelers defenders acknowledged they either did not get the call or simply got it wrong on the winning TD pass by Oakland last Sunday. Cornerbacks blitzed from both sides rather than one. It's the second time in their past three losses that a miscommunication on defense might have cost them a victory.

"I'm not going to let that be an excuse for our inability to close out or finish games," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We've got to put guys in better position to make plays."

1 -- Number of starts missed by Steelers offensive linemen this season (Game 11, guard Chris Kemoeatu).

"It's going to be a big challenge." -- DE Brett Keisel on playing the 1-11 Cleveland Browns.

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