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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Where they rank on offense, defense

By Jamison Hensley

The Steelers (7-8) are looking to avoid more than their first losing season with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday.

With one regular-season game remaining, Pittsburgh is ranked 22nd in scoring. The Steelers have never finished lower than 21st since Roethlisberger became the starting quarterback in 2004.

Pittsburgh is averaging 20.8 points per game, which is a half-point higher than last season. From 2004 to 2010, the Steelers ranked lower than 12th in points scored just once.

Here's a look at the NFL rankings after 16 weeks:

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Offense: Overall (20th), run (14th), pass (16th) and scoring (12th).

Defense: Overall (6th), run (8th), pass (10th) and scoring (8th-tied).

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Offense: Overall (27th), run (25th), pass (20th) and scoring (23rd-tied).

Defense: Overall (24th), run (19th), pass (27th) and scoring (19th).

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Offense: Overall (15th), run (15th), pass (13th) and scoring (10th).

Defense: Overall (20th), run (24th), pass (17th) and scoring (12th).

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Offense: Overall (21st), run (26th), pass (11th) and scoring (22nd).

Defense: Overall (1st), run (2nd), pass (1st) and scoring (10th).