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Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-0)
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Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
- Overall regular-season record: 116-60 (.659)/12th season
- Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 116-60 (.659)/12th season
- Playoff Record/Years: 8-7 (.533)/eight years
Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson
- Overall regular-season record: 9-39 (.188)/fourth season
- Regular-season record with Cleveland: 1-31 (.031)/third season
- Playoff Record/Years: n/a
- Series History: Series began in 1950
- Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 72-58
- In Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 44-21
- At Cleveland: Browns lead, 37-28
- Neutral Sites: n/a
- Streak: Steelers won previous six meetings
- Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 28, Cleveland 24
- Postseason Series: Steelers lead, 2-0
- Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 5, 2003, in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 36, Cleveland 33 - AFC Wild Card
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)
This week’s game will mark the 131st regular-season meeting between Pittsburgh and Cleveland... the Steelers own a 14-game advantage in the regular-season series against the Browns (72-58)... Sunday's game will be the 66th time the two teams will meet in Pittsburgh where the Steelers have won 17 of the previous 21 games... the Steelers and Browns have met 19 times at FirstEnergy Field, where Pittsburgh owns a 15-4 record against Cleveland... the two teams have met 17 times in the month of September (Steelers lead, 11-6).
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018
- Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
- Site: FirstEnergy Stadium (73,200) • Cleveland, Ohio
- Playing Surface: Natural Grass
- TV Coverage: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
- Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green and Bruce Arians (analysts), Melanie Collins (sideline)
- Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network
WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
- Satellite Radio: SIRIUS: 98 (Pit), 134 (Cle) | XM: 390 (Pit), 232 (Cle)
- Announcers:Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (analyst), Craig Wolfley (sideline)
|Coach vs. Opp.||Mike Tomlin: 19-3||Hue Jackson: 0-4|
|Passing||Ben Roethlisberger: 360-561-4251-28-14-93.4||Tyrod Taylor (Buf.): 263-420-2799-14-4-89.2|
|Rushing||Le'Veon Bell: 321-1291 (3L)-4.0-9 (T3L)||Carlos Hyde (SF): 240-938-3.9-8|
|Receiving||Antonio Brown: 101-1533 (1L)-15.2-9||Jarvis Landry (Mia.): 112 (1L)-987-8.8-9|
|Sacks||Cameron Heyward: 12||Myles Garrett: 7|
|INTs||Sean Davis: 3||Damarious Randall (GB), Terrance Mitchell (KC): 4|
|Take/Give||+2 (22/20)||-28 (13/41)|
|Punting (Net)||Jordan Berry: 43.2 (39.8)||Britton Colquitt: 47.6 (40.6)|
|Kicking||Chris Boswell: 142 (37/39 PAT; 35/38 FG)||Zane Gonzalez: 70 (25/26 PAT; 15/20 FG)|
STEELERS won AFC North for 2nd straight season in 2017.
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 4,251 yards & 28 TDs in 2017, his franchise-record 5th 4,000-yard season. Ranks 8th in NFL history in pass yards (51,065) & 9th in pass TDs (329). Has 21-2 record in 23 career starts vs. Cle.
RB LE’VEON BELL led all NFL RBs with 85 catches, ranked 2nd in league with 1,946 scrimmage yards & was 3rd with 1,291 rush yards in 2017. Has 744 scrimmage yards (124 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 6 career meetings. RB JAMES CONNER rushed for 144 yards as rookie in 2017.
WR ANTONIO BROWN led NFL with 1,533 rec. yards & ranked 5th with 101 catches in 2017. Has 100+ receptions in 5 consecutive seasons, longest streak in NFL history. Has 582 receptions & 7,848 rec. yards since 2013, both most by player in any 5-year span in NFL history. WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER led all rookies with 917 rec. yards & 7 TD catches last season. Had 9 catches for 143 yards with TD catch & 96-yard KR-TD in last meeting.
DT CAMERON HEYWARD led team with career-high 12 sacks last season. Has sack in 6 of his past 7 vs. Cle. LB T.J. WATT has 3 sacks & INT in past 2 meetings. Last season, became 1st player with 2+ sacks & INT in NFL debut on KO Weekend since 1982. S SEAN DAVIS was 1 of 2 safeties (JORDAN POYER) with 90+ tackles (90) & 3+ INTs (3) in 2017. LB VINCE WILLIAMS was only player in NFL with 80+ tackles (88) & 8+ sacks (8) last season.
QB TYROD TAYLOR passed for 2,799 yards with 14 TDs vs. 4 INTs for Buf. last season. Since 2015, ranks 2nd among QBs in rush yards (1,575) & rush TDs (14). Has lowest career INT pct. (1.4 pct.) in NFL history among QBs with 1,250 career att.
RB CARLOS HYDE makes Cle. debut. Had career-high 1,288 scrimmage yards & 8 rush TDs with SF in 2017. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. led team with 74 catches & 693 rec. yards last season. Since 2015, leads all RBs with 188 receptions & 1,741 rec. yards. Had rush TD in last meeting. Rookie RB NICK CHUBB was selected in 2nd round of 2018 NFL Draft. Ranked 2nd in SEC history with 4,769 rush yards in 4 seasons at Georgia.
WR JARVIS LANDRY led NFL with 112 receptions with Mia. in 2017. Has 400 catches since entering NFL in 2014, most by player in 1st 4 seasons in NFL history. Is only player in NFL history with 80+ catches in each of his 1st 4 seasons. WR JOSH GORDON has 434 rec. yards (144.7 per game) & TD catch in his past 3 vs. Pit. TE DAVID NJOKU ranked 3rd among rookie TEs with 4 TD catches last season.
DE MYLES GARRETT tied for 2nd among rookies with 7 sacks in 2017. Had sack & FF in only career meeting. LB JOE SCHOBERT (142 tackles) & LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY (138) were only pair of NFL teammates with 125+ tackles each last year. CB DAMARIOUS RANDALL had career-high 4 INTs with GB in 2017.
Steelers 2018 Draft Class
S Terrell Edmunds (6-1, 217)
Rd. 1 28th Overall
Played collegiate football at Virginia Tech where he appeared in 37 games, making 31 starts…he totaled 182 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for losses…Edmunds started all 10 games en route to recording 59 tackles during the 2017 season.
WR James Washington (5-11, 213)
Rd. 2 60th Overall
Set an Oklahoma State University school record with 4,472 career receiving yards, also the second-best receiving yardage total in Big 12 conference history…he became one of two players in school history with three seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards and three years with at least 10 touchdown catches.
QB Mason Rudolph (6-5, 235)
Rd. 3 76th Overall
Led Oklahoma State University to a 32-9 record as the quarterback to produce the winningest record by a signal caller in school history…he finished his career holding no fewer than 54 school records, including single-season and career marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass efficiency…his 13,618 career passing yards rank him fourth in Big 12 conference history.
OL Chukwuma Okorafor (6-8, 320)
Rd. 3 92nd Overall
At Western Michigan University, started each of his final 39 games… he was a first-team All-American selection following the 2017 campaign by the Football Writers Association of America.
S Marcus Allen (6-2, 215)
Rd. 5 148th Overall
Became the sixth player in Penn State football history to reach the 300-tackle mark in a career…his 321 stops rank fifth in program history… he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017, starting 13 games and recording 72 tackles (46 solo).
RB Jaylen Samuels (6-0, 225)
Rd. 5 165th Overall
Established a North Carolina State University school record for receptions in a career, finishing with 202…his 47 total touchdowns place him second in program annals and he finished fourth in touchdown receptions (19) and sixth in touchdown runs (28).
DT Joshua Frazier (6-4, 315)
Rd. 7 246th Overall
Played in 40 career games at the University of Alabama…he recorded 28 tackles (11 solo), with 4.5 tackles for losses, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.