2012 Week 12 5* NFL Pick: Steelers -1

Even with the loss of Roethlisberger and Leftwich, the Pittsburgh Steelers do not lose a step. The good news for the Steelers is that they arrive in Cleveland on a 16-1 run SU versus the BROWNS; 2-2 ATS over the last two years, the Steelers have not been favorites of less than 3 points since 2003. With the Browns powering one of the worst ranked offenses in the NFL, and averaging only 17 points per game in their last five games, look for this one to be a ground battle with Weeden, 70.3 rating, eventually throwing the big interception versus the Steelers #1 ranked Road passing defense that is only sacrificing 185.2 yards per game.

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  1. LOSER>>Steelers 14 – BROWNS 20>>Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Ben Roethlisberger’s return may come too little and too late for the Pittsburgh Steelers to achieve their goal of an AFC North title. Emergency starter Charlie Batch threw three interceptions and the Steelers turned the ball over eight times in all during an ugly 20-14 road loss to the Cleveland Browns that could impact their postseason chances later on. Trent Richardson had 112 yards from scrimmage and rushed for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter to help the Browns (3-8) register only a third victory in their last 25 matchups with the division-rival Steelers, but the Cleveland defense turned out to be the biggest stars of the game. The Browns recovered five fumbles — including one each by four different Pittsburgh running backs — in addition to their three picks of Batch and scored 17 points off the Steelers’ litany of errors. Brandon Weeden added a touchdown pass while completing 17-of-26 throws for 158 yards with an interception for the Browns, who are now 3-3 following an 0-5 beginning to the season. Pittsburgh (6-5), meanwhile, has now dropped two straight heading into next week’s showdown at the AFC North front-running Ravens, who dealt the Steelers a 13-10 defeat in the Steel City last Sunday in a game Roethlisberger also missed due to injuries to his right shoulder and ribs. Cleveland also held Pittsburgh to just 242 total yards, with Batch managing 199 through the air on 20-of-34 passing.

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