This Week in the AFC North: Week 1

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS

SERIES HISTORY

SERIES LEADER: Steelers 65-57
STREAKS: Steelers have won 8 of past 10 gamesTOMLIN VS. CLEVELAND: 12-2PETTINE VS. PITTSBURGH: 0-0LAST GAME: 12/29/13: Steelers 20, Browns 7…Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown had nine receptions for 87 yards. Pittsburgh rookie RB Le'Veon Bell rushed 20 times for 90 yards with one rushing touchdown.


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Highlight photos from the last game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns during the 2013 season. The Steelers defeated the Browns 20-7.

CLEVELAND: In 3 starts with Cle. in 2013,QB BRIAN HOYERpassed for 615 yards & 5 TDs with a QB rating of 82.6. Hoyer is only Browns QB to win each of his 1st 3 starts with team. Became 1st player since HOFerOTTO GRAHAM(1950) to throw 3 TDs in 1st NFL game with Browns…For career,RB BEN TATE has 421 att. for 1,992 yards (4.7 avg.) & 10 rushing TDs. In last 3 starts (w/ Hou.), rushed for 227 yards (75.7/game) & 3 rushing TDs…In 8 seasons with Dal.,WR MILES AUSTINhad 301 catches for 4,481 yards & 34 receiving TDs. In 1st career start (10/11/09 vs. KC), set single-game Cowboys record with 250 rec. yards…TE JORDAN CAMERON ranked 2nd among AFC TEs with 7 TD catches in 2013, trailing only HOFerOZZIE NEWSOME(9 in 1979) for most by Browns TE in a single season...Since joining NFL in 2007,T JOE THOMAShas started every game (112 in row), which is the 2nd-longest streak among active tackles (D'BRICKASHAW FERGUSON)…LB KARLOS DANSBY will make his Browns debut. In SB XLIII vs. Pit. (w/ Arz.), he had one INT & 8 tackles.LB BARKEVIOUS MINGOranked 3rd among NFL rookies with 5 sacks in 2013. In past 3 vs. Pit., Pro BowlCB JOE HADEN** has one INT & one FF.

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PITTSBURGH: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGERhas 95-47 (.669) reg.-sea. record as a starter, which is the 3rd-best win pct. among active NFL QBs (min. 10 starts). Has a 17-1 record (.944) vs. Cle. (9-0 at home) with 27 TDs vs. 12 INTs for a QB rating of 97.5. Has most career pass yards (34,105) & TD passes (219) in team history…In 2013,RB LE'VEON BELL(1,259 scrim. yards) surpassed HOFerFRANCO HARRIS (1,235 in 1972) for the Steelers' single-season rookie record. Rushed for 90 yards & one TD in last meeting. Has at least one rush TD in 4 of past 5 games…WR ANTONIO BROWNset the single-season club record for rec. yards in 2013 (1,499) & had 110 catches, the 2nd-most in team history (HINES WARD, 112 in 2002). In past 5 games vs. Browns, has 28 catches for 442 yards (88.4/game) & 3 receiving TDs.WR LANCE MOOREwill make his Steelers debut. Moore has 4 TD catches in past 5 vs. AFC teams (w/ N.O.).TE HEATH MILLERhas 5 career TD catches vs. Browns (2nd-most vs. any opponent)…LB JASON WORILDSled team with career-best 8 sacks in 2013. In past 4 vs. Cle.,LB LAWRENCE TIMMONShas 3 sacks, an INT returned for a TD, one FF & one FR. In 11/24/13 meeting, CB WILLIAM GAY had a 21-yard INT returned for a TD, one FF & one FR.S TROY POLAMALU** has 4 INTs in past 6 games vs. Cle.

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS

SERIES HISTORY

SERIES LEADER: Ravens 20-16
STREAKS: Ravens have won 5 of past 7 games
HARBAUGH VS. CINCINNATI: 7-5
LEWIS VS. BALTIMORE: 12-10
LAST GAME: 12/19/13: Bengals 34, Ravens 17…Cincinnati WRs A.J. Green and Marvin Jones combined for 122 receiving yards and each scored one touchdown. Cincinnati CB Dre Kirkpatrick returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown.


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BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTONis the 1st Bengals QB to lead team to playoffs in 3 consecutive seasons (2011-13). Has 30-18 (.625) record, which is the highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts). In 2013, he set the single-season team passing records for yards (4,293) & TDs (33). Is 1 of 3 players in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards in each of 1st 3 seasons (PEYTON MANNING, CAM NEWTON)…In 2013, RB GIOVANI BERNARD's 1,209 scrimmage yards ranked 3rd among NFL rookies (695 rush; 514 receiving). He had 56 catches in 2013, the most ever in single season by a Bengals RB…WR A.J. GREEN aims for 3rd game in row with a TD catch vs. Ravens. Since joining the NFL in 2011, he has 260 catches, the most of any player in their 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. He has 3,833 receiving yards in his 1st 3 seasons, the 2nd-most of any player in their 1st 3 NFL seasons (RANDY MOSS, 4,163)…the Bengals Defense tied for 3rd in the NFL with 4 INTs returned for TDs in 2013...Since 2012, GENO ATKINS leads all NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. He has 3 sacks in his past 4 games vs. Ravens…In the last meeting, CB DRE KIRKPATRICK had career-high 2 INTs, including 21-yard INT returned for a TD.

RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCOhas an 11-0 career home record in September, which is tied with JAY SCHROEDER for the best among Super Bowl-era QBs (min. 10 att. per start). Since joining the NFL in 2008, Flacco has a 62-34 record (.646). His 62 regular-season wins are the most of any starting QB in their 1st 6 seasons since 1970. Has a 24-12 (.667) career record vs. AFC North…Last season, RB BERNARD PIERCE had career-high 152 rush attempts for 436 yards & posted career-bests in catches (20) & receiving yards (104)…WR TORREY SMITH had 1,128 receiving yards in 2013, the 2nd-most in a single-season in club history (MICHAEL JACKSON, 1,201 in 1996). Has at least one TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC North teams. WR STEVE SMITH SR.will make his Ravens debut. Smith finished a 13-year Carolina career as the club's all-time leader in catches (836), receiving yards (12,197) & total TDs (75)…LB TERRELL SUGGS (94.5) is the Ravens' all-time sack leader. He has 5 career 10 sack seasons, which are the most in club history. In 2013, LB DARYL SMITH was one 1 of 3 players in the NFL with 5 sacks & 3 INTs…Since 2012, KR JACOBY JONES has 4 kickoff returns for TDs (3 KR, 1 PR), which is tied for the most in the NFL.

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