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NFL Capsule: Browns at Steelers

NFL Capsule-Browns at Steelers

CLEVELAND (4-8) At PITTSBURGH (9-3)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 13 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 3-8-1, Steelers 6-6

SERIES RECORD - Pittsburgh leads 62-56

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Browns 41-9, Jan. 2, 2011

LAST WEEK - Browns lost to Ravens 24-10; Steelers beat Bengals 35-7

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (30), PASS (24)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (31), PASS (1)

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (18), PASS (9)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Steelers have dominated series over last decade and won 14 of last 15 meetings. ... Pittsburgh WR Hines Ward needs 10 receptions to become eighth player in NFL with 1,000 career catches. ... Cleveland LT Joe Thomas has not missed offensive snap in career after being taken with third pick in 2007 NFL draft. ... Cleveland K Phil Dawson has seven field goals from 50 yards or more this season, one off NFL record shared by Morten Anderson and Jason Hanson. ... Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall has 28 rushing touchdowns in first four seasons, tied with Hall of Famer Franco Harris for team record through four seasons. ... Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger 5-1 on Thursday nights. ... Steelers TE Heath Miller needs three receptions to surpass Elbie Nickel for most receptions by a tight end in team history (329). ... Browns haven't swept Steelers since 1988 season. ... Pittsburgh and Cleveland have met on Thursday nights twice, each team winning on its home field. ... Pittsburgh allowing 12.8 points per game at Heinz Field, second-lowest total in NFL. ... Cleveland's Joshua Cribbs has three kick return touchdowns against Steelers in his career, tied for league record for most return scores against single opponent.

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