--Pittsburgh has the No. 3 defense in the NFL, yet in four of their five losses they've allowed a fourth-quarter lead to slip away.
"I can't really put my finger on it right now," LB James Farrior said. "I don't think it's any one thing we can look at and say we need to do better. We just have to play better situational football, making those plays at the end of the game. We've been in every ballgame that we played, we've been close, we just haven't made the plays at the end in certain situations that we made last year and won the games."
--The Steelers had their most lopsided run-pass ratio of the season in Baltimore, running 59.3 percent of the time. Before that game, they ran the ball only slightly higher than 40 percent of the time.
"Last week was the first game this season that we've committed to the run," center Justin Hartwig said.
--Safety Ryan Clark, one of four starters playing in the final year of his contract, said there is other motivation for players to step it up.
"One thing about losing, when you do lose, the organization looks to make changes. They figure if they're not winning they have to find a way to get better as a team."
BY THE NUMBERS
0 -- Number of interceptions Steelers cornerbacks have combined this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We will unleash Hell here in December because we have to." -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
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