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10-18-2009, 03:16 AM
Inside Game 6

By: Mike Bires -
Beaver County Times

Sunday October 18, 2009 12:21 AM
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... ame-6.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1424/2009/october/18/inside-game-6.html)

INSIDE THE GAME

TV CBS (KDKA-TV, Ch. 2) Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Solomon Wilcots, analysis

RADIO WDVE-FM, 102.5, WBGG-AM, 970; WBVP-AM, 1230, WMBA-AM, 1460, Bill Hillgrove, play-by-play; Tunch Ilkin, analysis; Craig Wolfley, sideline reporter

SERIES HISTORY

* Rivalry began in 1950.

* Steelers lead 59-55 all-time.

l The Steelers have a 37-21 lead in games played in Pittsburgh, but are 22-34 in Cleveland.

* Since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970, the Steelers are 50-24 against the Browns, including 32-6 in games played in Pittsburgh.

* The Steelers have won 11 straight against the Browns, dating back to their last loss, 33-13, on Oct. 5, 2003 at Heinz Field.

* Last year, the Steelers beat the Browns 10-6 in Cleveland and 31-0 in Pittsburgh.

THE STORYLINE

In the 115th playing of the Turnpike Rivalry, the heavily favored Steelers (3-2) wont have defensive end Aaron Smith, who was placed in the season-ending injured reserve list on Tuesday with a shoulder injury. But all-star strong safety Troy Polamalu does return after missing four games with a sprained knee. The Steelers trail the first-place Cincinnati Bengals (4-1) by one game in the AFC North.
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INJURY REPORT

STEELERS Except for the injury to Smith, the Steelers are in decent shape. Polamalu returns, as does RB Willie Parker, who missed two games with a turf toe injury. However, Rashard Mendenhall is expected to make his third straight start at running back.

BROWNS Several key players are listed as questionable. Among them are four starters on defense: ILBs DQwell Jackson (hamstring) and Eric Barton (neck) and DEs Kenyon Coleman (groin) and Robaire Smith (calf). Also questionable is PK Phil Dawson, whos missed the last three games with a calf injury. Questionable means a player has a 50/50 chance of playing.

QUOTING THEM

I dont come into the game all excited because were playing the Cleveland Browns. I guess maybe if they start beating us some, it will turn into a rivalry, and Ill get into it a little more. But for me its just football, a division game and we have to win as many of those as we can.

Ryan Clark

Steelers free safety when asked if he appreciates the Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland rivalry

THE LINE

Steelers by 14 points

THE PREDICTION

Steelers 34, Browns 13