[Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m.]

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League rankings of Pittsburgh's rushing offense and rushing defense. Each time they have finished the season at the top of those categories (in 1976, 1997 and 2001), they've reached the AFC championship game.


The ranking of the Steelers' rushing offense last season. Okay, the Steelers have won their two big games. But both were at home, where the towels are terrible and where undefeated teams apparently go to die. It's time to take this show on the road, which is the case today as Pittsburgh travels to Cleveland, where Bill Cowher began both his playing career (he was a linebacker and special teams star for the Browns from 1980 to '82) and his coaching career (as an assistant under Marty Schottenheimer from 1985 to '88).

There's a whole lotta Cleveland on the Pittsburgh coaching staff, in fact, with five former Browns assistants helping out Cowher.

Cowher hasn't shown much love for his former team as Pittsburgh's coach, though; he's 16-5 against the Browns and 8-1 against Coach Butch Davis.

Cleveland, meantime, is looking to keep the AFC Central at least somewhat close and is aiming for its first 4-1 home start since 1994.