Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th104.2 (19th)273.8 (3rd)
Defense5th105.8 (9th)201.1 (7th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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--Linebacker James Harrison got his day in court when he appealed two fines to the NFL Tuesday morning. Harrison appealed a $75,000 fine the NFL issued him for what it called an illegal hit of Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi Oct. 17, and for a $20,000 fine for a roughing penalty on New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees Oct. 31.

"We told our side of the story and I think we told it well," said Bill Parise, Harrison's agent.

--The Steelers have reached the halfway point of the season at 6-2, the same record they had last season, the same record they had in 2008 and the same record they had in 2007. Mike Tomlin has known nothing but 6-2 in his four seasons as their head coach.

--Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians warned his defensive players on Wednesday that the Patriots' defense, although ranked 29th, is not a pushover. As QB Ben Roethlisberger quoted Arians, "Our offense is ranked pretty low as well and we know that we're better than that. Numbers are just that, they're numbers."

8 -- Number of games the Steelers have held opponents to 75 yards rushing or fewer, the only time in NFL history a team has done that through the first eight games.

"Well he's 6-8, 300-some pounds; it's a big loss." -- QB Ben Roethlisberger's answer when asked how big tackle Max Starks' loss will be to the Steelers.

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