1:00 PM ET, November 11, 2007
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns appear to be closing the gap between themselves and the rival Steelers.They're not there yet, though, not with Ben Roethlisberger able to beat teams two different ways in the same week.Roethlisberger
The Browns didn't end their nine-game losing streak to the Steelers, but they did end one other dubious streak. Derek Anderson's three TDs gave him 20 for the season, ending the franchise's 20-year drought of failing to have a QB reach that plateau.
LB James Harrison, who had two forced fumbles on defense and another on special teams Monday, had two more forced fumbles. ... The Steelers are 4-0 in the division and 5-0 at home. ... Willie Parker, who ran for a club record 223 yards against Cleveland last season, had 105 yards on 25 carries, the seventh running back to gain more than 100 against the Browns. ... Roethlisberger has 22 touchdown passes, four more than his previous career high, with seven games to play.
The Browns scored touchdowns in the first half while the Steelers settled for field goals, but everything changed in the second half. Pittsburgh’s defense came out flying and rattled Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson. That pressure affected Anderson’s accuracy and confidence on the road. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, meanwhile, got better as the game went along and excelled on third downs. He threw an interception early that led to a Browns touchdown and held the ball too long at times in hopes of making a big play downfield. But once again, he was the difference-maker for the Steelers. Cleveland varied its pass rush, blitzing heavily at times and bringing only three rushers at other times, and it didn’t matter that Pittsburgh’s pass protection was not particularly impressive. Roethlisberger continually made big plays with his arm and legs, and was the difference in the game, although kick returner Josh Cribbs and the Browns suddenly have made this rivalry much more competitive.
-- Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.1||5.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||04:10||Kellen Winslow 4 Yd Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick)||7||0|
|FG||01:29||Jeff Reed 28 Yd||7||3|
|TD||14:56||Lawrence Vickers 2 Yd Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick)||14||3|
|FG||09:02||Jeff Reed 35 Yd||14||6|
|TD||05:24||Braylon Edwards 16 Yd Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick)||21||6|
|FG||00:04||Jeff Reed 30 Yd||21||9|
|TD||06:14||Hines Ward 12 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||21||16|
|TD||11:32||Ben Roethlisberger 30 Yd Run (Ben Roethlisberger Pass To Hines Ward For Two-Point Conversion)||21||24|
|TD||11:14||Josh Cribbs 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Phil Dawson Kick)||28||24|
|TD||03:13||Heath Miller 2 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||28||31|