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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with Mike Wallace #17 on the sideline while playing the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 4, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2011

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers have a storied rivalry, but this game will not live up to the classic hype of the early days in the AFC North.

The bright lights of Thursday Night Football will have the Steelers charged up, but may be too bright for many of the younger Browns’ players on a short week.

With Cleveland running on fumes and the Steelers pumping on all cylinders, Pittsburgh should run the ball down the Browns throat and win this game easily.

 

Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

When: Thursday, December 8, 8:20 p.m. ET

Watch: NFL Network

Live Streaming Audio: NFL.com Audio Pass ($29.99 for year, $27.99 team specific, $9.99 a month)

Listen: Sirius Satellite Radio

Betting Line: Haven’t Opened Yet

 

What's at Stake?

With Cleveland all but mathematically out of playoff contention, this game has nothing but pride on the line for them. Pittsburgh went from a defensive joke earlier this season to fighting for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. That’s something worth fighting for.

 

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 4: Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns scrambles under pressure during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Ravens debated the Browns
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Steelers’ Injury Report

Arnaz Battle, WR, Out

Chris Carter, LB, Out

Larry Foote, LB, Questionable

Troy Polamalu, S, Probable

Browns’ Injury Report

Quinton Spears, LB, Out

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates following his touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half during the game on December 4, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared
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T.J. Ward, S, Out

Mike Adams, S, Questionable

Montario Hardesty, RB, Questionable

Jayme Mitchell, DE, Questionable

Tony Pashos, T, Questionable

Dimitri Patterson, CB, Questionable

Peyton Hillis, RB, Probable

 

Fantasy: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper

Start 'Em: Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers

With the Steelers pass offense getting whatever they want across the field, teams are forced to play off the line which opens crease for Mendenhall. While he is not getting the touches or yards we’d like from a sure start, his pension for scoring touchdowns makes him an easy start.

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by defenders Will Witherspoon #92 and William Hayes #95 of the Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Ma
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Sit 'Em: Mike Wallace, Steelers

There are only a few reasons why Mike Wallace should be on your fantasy bench. Joe Haden is one of them. The skillful cornerback has turned into one of the best in the entire NFL, and he will stop Wallace on Thursday.

Sleeper: Peyton Hillis, Browns

While the Pittsburgh defense has tightened up, it shows its weaknesses at times and that’s when Peyton Hillis can capitalize. If the powerful back gets into open space he can shed tacklers better than almost any runner in the NFL.

 

What They're Saying

Beaver County Times Steelers beat writer Mike Bires is reporting on twitter:

Advertising Manager at The News-Herald in Ohio lays truth on poor Colt McCoy:

 

Key Matchup: Rashard Mendenhall vs. Browns’ Front Seven

The Steelers have to establish the run early and often in this game; More specifically Rashard Mendenhall. With a long playoff run coming up, the Steelers will need Mendenhall to take the starting running back job by the throat. The best audition would be running all over the Cleveland defense.

Prediction: Steelers 34, Browns 13

 

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