Final

Browns 21

(3-6, 1-4 away)

Steelers 34

(7-2, 3-2 home)

8:30 PM ET, November 13, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 7 0 0 1421
PIT 0 17 7 1034

Top Performers

Passing: T. Dilfer (CLE) - 253 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Staley (PIT) - 17 CAR, 64 YDS

Receiving: H. Ward (PIT) - 8 REC, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Cleveland (5-3) at Pittsburgh (6-2)

Cleveland (5-3) at Pittsburgh (6-2), Sunday 8:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without Ben Roethlisberger for the second straight week when they host the Cleveland Browns in an AFC North matchup on Sunday night.

Roethlisberger, who sports an 18-1 record as a starter during the regular season, is sidelined after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on November 3. He may return for next week's game at Baltimore.

With Roethlisberger out, veteran Charlie Batch will make his second straight start.

Steelers coach Bill Cowher used a conservative game plan in last week's 20-10 victory at Green Bay. Batch completed 9-of-16 passes for just 65 yards with an interception.

The contest against Green Bay featured the return of running back Duce Staley, who had been limited to just one game this season after undergoing knee surgery during training camp. He had 15 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Packers.

Staley could see a heavier workload against the Browns. Jerome Bettis missed last week's game with a quadriceps injury and Willie Parker left in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

Pittsburgh, which has won three straight, could tie idle Cincinnati for first place with a win.

The Browns stopped a three-game losing streak last week with a 20-14 victory over Tennessee. Reuben Droughns rushed for 116 yards and Trent Dilfer threw for 272 yards and one touchdown with an interception.

Droughns has two 100-yard game around a 99-yard performance in the last three weeks.

Dilfer's performance came after there had been speculation that first-year coach Romeo Crennel was considering going with rookie Charlie Frye as his starting quarterback.

The Steelers won both meetings between the teams last season, including a 34-23 triumph here. Staley rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown.

Matchup to watch: Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward against left cornerback Daylon McCutcheon.

Series: The Browns lead, 55-51, but the Steelers have won nine of the last 10 meetings.

Next week: Cleveland hosts Miami, November 20 Pittsburgh visits Baltimore, November 20

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Passing Leaders

ClevelandCMP%YDSTDINT
B. Hoyer55.333261213
J. Manziel51.417502
PittsburghCMP%YDSTDINT
B. Roethlisberger67.44635308
R. Golden100.02500

Rushing Leaders

ClevelandCARYDSAVGTD
I. Crowell1446014.28
T. West1535793.83
PittsburghCARYDSAVGTD
L. Bell28213414.88
L. Blount652664.12

Receiving Leaders

ClevelandRECYDSAVGTD
A. Hawkins5979113.42
M. Austin4756812.12
PittsburghRECYDSAVGTD
A. Brown122157012.912
L. Bell7777410.13

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsCLE
 
 284
PIT
 
 322
Yards PassingCLE
 
 190
PIT
 
 183
Yards RushingCLE
 
 94
PIT
 
 139
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedCLE
 
 317
PIT
 
 284
Pass Yds AllowedCLE
 
 179
PIT
 
 198
Rush Yds AllowedCLE
 
 138
PIT
 
 86

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Pittsburgh leads 10-1
Nov 14, 2004CLE 10, PIT 24
Oct 10, 2004CLE 23, @PIT 34
Nov 23, 2003CLE 6, PIT 13
Oct 5, 2003CLE 33, @PIT 13
Jan 5, 2003CLE 33, @PIT 36
Nov 3, 2002CLE 20, PIT 23
Sep 29, 2002CLE 13, @PIT 16
Jan 6, 2002CLE 7, @PIT 28
Nov 11, 2001CLE 12, PIT 15