Steelers' 2014 opponents set

December, 30, 2013
12/30/13
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PITTSBURGH -- Some odds and ends from the Steelers:

Looking ahead: Steelers fans who are furious with Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop will get a chance to boo him in person next fall. The Chiefs are among the five non-AFC North opponents that will visit Heinz Field next season. The Steelers will also host the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Steelers' five non-division road games will come against the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Six of their games will come against AFC North foes.

Injury update: The Steelers aren't dealing with a lot of injuries as they head into the offseason. All of the players who needed surgery have already had it except for cornerback Curtis Brown. The third-year veteran tore several ligaments in his knee last month in Cleveland, and coach Mike Tomlin said swelling in his knee had to subside before surgery. Brown is scheduled for surgery on Friday. Nose tackle Steve McLendon wore a walking boot on his left foot following a team meeting on Monday after he re-injured his ankle in the Steelers' 20-7 win over the Browns. There were a host of injured players in the locker room the final time it was open to the media this season, including center Maurkice Pouncey and outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. But players on injured reserve weren't allowed to talk to reporters.

Owning the Browns: The Steelers' 20-7 win over the Browns only added another chapter to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's dominance of the organization that bypassed him in the 2004 draft. Roethlisberger improved to 17-1 against his home-state team, and his .944 winning percentage is the best by a quarterback against an opponent since 1970, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Right behind Roethlisberger is Tom Brady, who improved to 22-2 against the Bills on Sunday and has a .917 winning percentage against Buffalo.

Giving fans a hand: Tomlin did not reveal much at his final news conference of the season but he did call out Steelers fans -- in a good way. “I believe we have the very best fans in the world,” Tomlin said. “I don't take if for granted. It doesn't get old. But at the same time I want to thank the fans for sticking with us for what was a trying journey this year.”

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter

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