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Fans Weigh In On Steelers’ Painful Loss In Cleveland

(Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)It didn't matter who was under center in Cleveland on Sunday when not a single running...

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Steelers’ Brown and Redman may return against Cleveland


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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball against New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New ...</p>
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Cleveland Browns Not A Completely Lifeless Foe For Steelers


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Cleveland BrownsIn an AFC North matchup, the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) will face the Cleveland Browns (2-8) at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday. While most are picking ...

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Steelers to Work Out QB’s to Backup Batch Sunday in Cleveland


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It will be a very busy day Tuesday for the Steelers, as they will not only work out former wide out Plaxico Burress, but also a couple QB’s that could possibly be the backup for Charlie Batch Sunday. One QB coming in for a workout is former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer. He was for [...]...

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BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 22 — Cleveland Browns Select Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

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The Steelers pick is getting closer and closer, and now we've only got to get through the Lions pick (which will be up later today)! Thanks go to _ET_ for Part 2 of his Browns analysis here. Next up: Detroit Lions and they'll again be represented by JDSpartan.

By the way, take note of the cool little minute-long draft profiles from SBN NFL that are embedded with these picks. It's been Michael Bean's personal project to make these videos happen, and let us know what you think of them! -barnerburner-

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While making the 4th pick overall, I listed the Cleveland Browns' top needs as WR (which I addressed), RB and QB. Now that I'm back here with the 22nd pick overall, QB/RB are still big needs, but the available talent at those positions do not represent the best value available. QBs Brandon Weedon and Kirk Cousins would be big reaches at this point without bringing a substantial or even minor upgrade on the Browns depth chart. At RB position, Lamar Miller, Doug Martin and David Wilson would fill the void of the departed Peyton Hillis. However, the value available at other positions, plus the chance that one, if not all will be available at the top of the 2nd round (37th overall), makes it easier to pass on them at this point.

That brings us to the next tier of needs the Browns have: RT and pass-rushing DE or OLB. Last year, the Browns tied for 23rd in the league with 32 sacks. Rookie DE Jabaal Sheard lead the team with 8.5 sacks and showed lots of promise. The Browns could use another player to put opposite him, such as Illinois' Whitney Mercilus or Alabama's Courtney Upshaw. Combining an outside duo of Sheard and Mercilus/Upshaw with last year's 1st round pick, DT Phil Taylor (4 sacks), could give the Browns a formidable defensive front for years to come. That was my plan until Jonathan Martin started to fall.

With the 22nd pick in the 2012 BTSC Community Mock Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford.

While LT Joe Thomas has been a stud and a stalwart on the Browns OL, the RT position has been a revolving door for injured and/or mediocre players. Currently, journeyman (and that's being generous) Oniel Cousins is the starting RT. This is due to the release of the oft-injured Tony Pashos at the beginning of the off-season for salary cap reasons. Adding Martin at RT would give the Browns three former 1st-round picks on the OL (the other two being Thomas and C Alex Mack).

Martin has the talent to immediately slot into the RT position from Day 1, while also providing the Browns some flexibility at the LT position should anything ever happen to Thomas. He comes from a pro-style offense at Stanford where he was a three year starter at LT. He was a strong run-blocker who was very durable. His struggles against speed rushers will be lessened on the right side of the line for the Bowns, while his strengths in technique and getting to the 2nd level in run blocking will shine.

This pick, along with Blackmon at #4 and possibly a RB at #37, will be giving McCoy plenty of help on offense. This will either allow him to excel and show he is the QB of the future, or create a nice situation with solid supporting talent for a young QB to be drafted in 2013. As before, I checked with the Big Board at Dawgs By Nature, and Martin is the highest rated player left (I am ignoring the WRs since I already draft Blackmon).

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Picks:

  1. Indianapolis Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
  2. Washington Redsinks -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
  3. Minnesota Vikings -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
  4. Cleveland Browns -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
  6. St. Louis Rams -- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
  8. Miami Dolphins -- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
  9. Carolina Panthers -- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  10. Buffalo Bills -- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
  11. Kansas City Chiefs -- Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
  12. Seattle Seahawks -- Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
  13. Arizona Cardinals -- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
  14. Dallas Cowboys -- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
  15. Philadelphia Eagles -- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
  16. New York Jets -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
  17. Cincinnati Bengals -- Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
  19. Chicago Bears -- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
  20. Tennessee Titans -- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
  21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU



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Steelers Heading to Mile High; End Regular Season with 13-9 Win in Cleveland

Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (52) and cornerback Joe Haden, rear, tackle Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman

The Steelers are going to get a first hand look at Tim Tebow and the Broncos.

Sunday the team got a dose of bad news twice, but in the end it’s a route they have had to take before to get to the promise land of playing for another Lombardi.

The team took care of the inept Cleveland Browns 13-9 on a wet and windy day in Cleveland. That was the good news.

The bad?

The Ravens won in Cincy 24-16 after going up big early. That means at 12-4 they are the AFC North champs since they beat the Steelers twice, and they will get a week off.

Add to that the team lost running back Rashard Mendenhall with a knee injury, that Mike Tomlin said after the game is almost surly going to keep him out of the wild card game in Denver.

So the team at 12-4 will go into Denver next weekend with Issac Redmen, who did a lot good Sunday, John Clay, and possibly Mewelde Moore as the three running backs. They also will have a QB still limping around the locker room, and a LB that hasn’t played much since around Halloween.

Other than that, the Steelers are once again playoff bound.

Redman scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter for the Steelers, and ended the day with 92 yards on 19 carries. He did put the ball on the ground twice in the final quarter, but the Browns offense is so bad, they did little with the chances they had.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 221 yards on a severely sprained ankle, going 23-for-40 for 221 yards. He did hit some big throws in a driving rain and some snow.

“I hate it,” Ben laughed about weather in Northeast Ohio.

It may not be much better in Denver, where it’s been known to snow a little bit in the winter. If the weather gets bad, it could actually help the Broncos, who had just six passes completed Sunday in their home loss.

The defense was the story on Sunday in Cleveland, and it looks like if the Steelers are going to make a serious run at the Super Bowl, they will need to lean on them to get them there.

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Steelers Gut Out Win at Cleveland, Clinch 5 Seed in AFC Playoffs, Will Travel to Denver

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It seemed almost fitting for a year in which the Steelers couldn't exploit opportunities to get past AFC North Rival Baltimore.

At approximately the same time, Pittsburgh's Isaac Redman fumbled during a drive that could have sealed a win and Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham fumbled for Cincinnati, who was driving on Baltimore down 17-13.

Pittsburgh ended up taking home a 13-9 victory, but Baltimore used that turnover to grab a 24-13 lead. Cincinnati's comeback fell short, and the teams flipped playoff positions from a year ago.

The Ravens have the week off, while Pittsburgh will prepare to travel to Denver to take on the AFC West champion Broncos. The time and date of the game has not yet been announced.

Cincinnati also clinched a playoff spot despite the loss. It is the first time three teams from the AFC North have been in the playoffs. The Bengals will travel to Houston in the Wild Card round.

The Steelers suffered another rash of injuries, the most concerning to RB Rashard Mendenhall, who left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. Early reports on his status do not look good, as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Mendenhall is "doubtful or worse" for next week.

It was a tough defensive battle, unfortunately marred by injuries to Mendenhall, TE David Johnson, RG Ramon Foster and CB Cortez Allen. Even with that pall hanging over the 12-4 Steelers, they did lock up the league's top scoring defense, besting San Francisco by just two points (227 to 229). Pittsburgh has allowed nine points or less in each of their last five victories.

The injuries will be the compelling story this week, and much of it will surround FS Ryan Clark (who became the team's top tackler for 2011. Clark has a blood disorder which reacts poorly in high altitude environments. It flared up during a game in Denver in 2007, and the result of it was Clark missing the rest of the season and losing his spleen and gall bladder.

Clark did not make the last trip the team made to Denver in 2009. It stands to reason he won't be at this game either, moving Ryan Mundy into the starting lineup.

Clark and the defense thoroughly dominated Cleveland for much of the game, and more the issue in the win was the lack of explosion and movement from the offensive side of the ball. QB Ben Roethlisberger did not look comfortable, failed to step into many of his throws and missed open receivers several times. It didn't seem like the plan was to have Roethlisberger throw 40 times (he completed 23 of them), but Mendenhall's injury seemed to shift that plan to the forefront.

It did help Steelers WR Hines Ward get his historic 1,000th career reception - a shovel pass for -3 yards - in the fourth quarter.

The Steelers survived a last-second hail mary pass from Seneca Wallace, but their post-season fate was already sealed after Cincinnati's last-second pass also fell incomplete.



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Steelers Fans Have Interest In Cleveland, Cincinnati

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers Nation is going to be challenged this weekend to cover all the Steelers’ interest with the appropriate amount of black and gold spirit.

Not only do the Steelers need support in Cleveland Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but the team also has a vested interest in what happens in Cincinnati at the same time.

Boiled down, if the Steelers win in Cleveland and the Ravens lose in Cincinnati, the Steelers win the AFC North, a first-round bye and will host a second-round playoff game at Heinz Field. Add a Patriots loss to Buffalo and the Steelers get home field advantage through the playoffs.

Cleveland fans are selling off their tickets online faster than stores are liquidating Christmas decorations so there will be plenty of room for Steelers fans to turn the final game of the season into a home game albeit two hours away.

Likewise the Bengals, despite being in the playoff picture, had 24,000 no shows last week prompting quarterback Andy Dalton, Coach Marvin Lewis and numerous other players to go public with pleas to fans to fill the stands.

Since the Steelers need Cincinnati to win, this is a rare chance for The Steelers Nation to pack into Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati and for three hours on this one day only – cheer for the Bengals.

What’s the old saying? “I’m a fan of the Steelers and whoever is playing the Ravens.” Well this is the week to put on the black and gold, grab the terrible towel, and go make noise against the Ravens. Just like in Cleveland, tickets for the game are plentiful.

Since this is New Years’ weekend, hotel rooms will probably be in short supply, but a check by KDKA found plenty available in both Cincinnati and Cleveland as of Monday night. That could change as the weekend looms. But for now Steelers fans, there is still time and opportunity to get in on supporting the Steelers and the Steelers best interest in Ohio this weekend.

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