The Pittsburgh Steelers are 5-6-0. They currently are in the hunt for the AFC Wild Card spot. Let’s take a closer look at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ last three games.
Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 11
Steelers 27, Browns 11: Ben Roethlisberger passed for 217 yards and two touchdowns and as visiting Pittsburgh beat Cleveland for the 18th time in the last 20 meetings.
Antonio Brown caught six passes for 92 yards and a score and Emmanuel Sanders also had a touchdown grab for the Steelers (5-6), who have won five of their last seven to surge back into the AFC playoff picture after an 0-4 start. Pittsburgh was outgained 367-302 but forced four turnovers, including William Gay’s 21-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Josh Gordon had 14 catches for a franchise-record 237 yards and a touchdown for the Browns (4-7), who managed only 55 rushing yards on 16 attempts. Jason Campbell was 14-of-22 for 124 yards before leaving with a possible concussion midway through the third quarter and replacement Brandon Weeden went 13-of-30 for 209 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The teams traded field goals in the first quarter before Pittsburgh’s defense took over. Roethlisberger hit Brown for a 41-yard scoring strike to make it 10-3 and Shaun Suisham added a 32-yard field goal just before halftime.
Campbell was knocked out when he took a blow to the helmet on a play in which Gay strip-sacked him. Will Allen returned the fumble 49 yards, setting up Roethlisberger’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Sanders for a 20-3 lead.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Campbell also suffered a rib injury in the second quarter but missed only one offensive snap before returning. … Brown joined Yancey Thigpen, John Stallworth and Hines Ward as the only Pittsburgh players to register 80 receptions in a season. … Roethlisberger improved to 16-1 as a starter against the Browns and has 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions against them.
Pittsburgh 37, Detroit 27
Steelers 37, Lions 27: Ben Roethlisberger threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns as host Pittsburgh used a strong defensive performance in the second half to continue its home dominance of Detroit.
Antonio Brown made seven catches for 147 yards and two scores while Will Johnson grabbed the go-ahead touchdown reception for the Steelers (4-6), who are unbeaten in their last 10 home meetings (9-0-1) with the Lions. Jerricho Cotchery also had a TD catch for Pittsburgh, which has not lost to Detroit at home since 1955.
Matthew Stafford completed 19-of-46 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns for the NFC North-leading Lions (6-4), followed by Chicago and Green Bay. Calvin Johnson had six receptions for 179 yards and a pair of TDs – all in the first two quarters – as Pittsburgh then clamped down defensively in the second half.
The Steelers held a 14-0 lead after one quarter as Brown hauled in scoring passes of 34 and 47 yards. The Lions erupted for 27 points in the second, however, with Johnson making 79- and 19-yard TD receptions and Joique Bell running for a 2-yard touchdown with 1:42 remaining for a 24-20 advantage.
Shaun Suisham kicked a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter to get the Steelers within 27-23, and Roethlisberger (29-of-45 passing) connected with Will Johnson for a 1-yard touchdown with 4:46 to play in the fourth to put Pittsburgh in front. After an interception by Will Allen, Roethlisberger hit Cotchery for a 20-yard TD with 2:29 left to seal the win.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Stafford and Johnson were unstoppable in the first half, with the former completing 16 passes for 327 yards and the latter making six catches for 179 yards. The duo cooled down dramatically, however, as Stafford threw for only 35 yards in the second half and did not complete a pass to Johnson. … The Steelers have won four straight and 13 of their last 15 overall meetings with Detroit. … Stafford became the Lions’ all-time leader in passing yards on his 79-yard TD toss to Johnson, moving ahead of Bobby Layne (15,710).
Buffalo 10, Pittsburgh 23
Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, November 10, 2013
Location - Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Steelers 23, Bills 10: With trade rumors swirling around Ben Roethlisberger, the veteran quarterback threw one touchdown pass and host Pittsburgh snapped a two-game losing streak.
Roethlisberger completed 18-of-30 passes for 204 yards, including a 5-yard scoring pass to Jerricho Cotchery, and Antonio Brown had six receptions for 104 yards. Le’Veon Bell was the Steelers’ workhorse, gaining 57 yards on the ground on 22 carries and scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run.
Pittsburgh (3-6) entered the game ranked 31st defensively against the rush but it limited the Buffalo (3-7) to 95 yards on the ground and a total of 227 yards overall. EJ Manuel returned to the Bills’ lineup after missing the past four games with a knee injury but the rookie quarterback was ineffective, going 22-for-39 for 155 yards with his lone scoring pass – a 2-yarder to Chris Gragg – coming with just three seconds left.
Cotchery, who caught three touchdown passes a week ago, gave the Steelers a 10-3 lead by snaring a short fade pattern from Roethlisberger in the corner of the end zone. Bell’s touchdown run capped a six-play, 58-yard drive with 3:02 left in the third quarter giving Pittsburgh a 17-3 lead.
Dan Carpenter’s 20-yard field goal gave Buffalo a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Shaun Suisham answered with the first of his three field goals before Cotchery scored on the first play after the two-minute warning to give Pittsburgh the lead for good.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Bills WR Robert Brooks missed the game with an ankle injury. …Roethlisberger’s agent denied the report that the QB was seeking a trade and Steelers’ owner Art Rooney II said the team has no plans to trade him. …Manuel had just 79 yards passing before the final drive. He didn’t go over 100 yards until there was 2:49 left in the game.
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