Sunday Notebook:

Antonio Brown, 80-year-old series, Le'Veon Bell, LeBeau on Lambeau.

Antonio Brown, at 5 feet 10, 186 pounds, might not have the stature of a "Number One" type wide receiver, but he certainly has the numbers.

Brown needs 92 receiving yards to surpass the franchise record of 1,398 yards set by Yancey Thigpen in 1997. Brown's 95 receptions are tied with Hines Ward (2009 and 2003) for second-most in team history behind Ward's 112 in 2002.

"It is different playing in this league as a receiver when you are the number-one guy opposed to a three, four or five," said offensive coordinator Todd Haley. "Generally when you are a three, four or five, you have a little package of plays that you know very well. You get good at those, and you don't worry about much else. But as a one, you have to be on top of everything.

"Really for him, as much as anything, the cohesiveness between him and Ben Roethlisberger, and the trust, you can see it building as the year has gone on. Brown is doing a lot of the little things the right way, which early on would get him in trouble a little bit at times and break that trust a little bit. But he's doing all the little things right. When you break it down, he is a terrific player with outstanding ability. When he is doing things the right way and using that ability, he is hard to handle."

Haley was asked whether there was a light-switch moment for Brown.

"I don't know of any significant moment," Haley said. "I think the guy comes to work every day and works as hard as anybody I've ever seen work. That's only what I see. I know and hear what he is doing on his own time is off the charts. When you have a guy like that who comes to work every day and is working his butt off, good things generally happen. You add into it that he's a really talented guy, and it's a recipe for success."

As a punt returner, Brown's two career touchdowns are third in franchise annals behind Antwaan Randle-El (4), Louis Lipps (3) and Ray Matthews (3). His 965 punt-return yards are fifth behind leader Rod Woodson (2,362).


In a series that's lasted 80 years, the Steelers and Green Bay Packers have met only one time in the playoffs, and of course that was the team's last meeting.

The Steelers-Packers series dates back to 1933, when the Packers -- who lead the overall series 22-14 -- began a 12-game winning streak against the Steelers that ended in 1947.

The Steelers have won three of the last four meetings, with the Packers winning the most recent in Super Bowl 45.

The Packers played in the NFL's West Division and the Steelers in the East Division from 1933 through 1966. The Packers then played in the Central Division and the Steelers in the Century Division from 1967 through 1969. The Steelers moved into the AFC in 1970.

The franchises have combined to win 10 Super Bowl championships (21 percent of the total) and have appeared in 13 Super Bowls (28 percent).


Only twice in modern franchise history (since the merger) have the Steelers had a losing record in the first half of the season and a winning record in the second half.

In 1976, the 3-4 Steelers finished 10-4, and in 2006 the 2-6 Steelers finished 8-8. The Steelers made the playoffs the following season each time, and also won Super Bowls two seasons later each time.

This year's Steelers were 3-5 in the first half of the season, and with two games remaining are 4-2 in the second half.


Le'Veon Bell won't finish with the 1,000 yards rushing that Eddie Lacy already has, or the four 100-yard rushing games that Lacy already has. Bell hasn't had a 100-yard game and has only 646 yard rushing for the season. But he'll have his chance today to silence those who criticized the Steelers for passing on Lacy and drafting Bell in the second round of last April's draft.

"Remember," said Haley, "Le'Veon had a week and a half of training camp and three plays in a game, and then he got hurt. He came back in the Minnesota game (Game 4). But up until that he had played three plays in an NFL game and it was in the preseason. He has developed, which has been a big part."

Because of his skills as a pass receiver, Bell is averaging 106 yards of total offense in the last seven games. His catch on fourth-and-four last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, on the Steelers' second possession, set up the Steelers' 14-0 early lead.

"He ran a great route on a very good cover linebacker," Haley said. "That wasn't just any linebacker. Vontaze Burfict can really cover. To win in that situation, that kind of showed you a little about what Bell is capable of."


Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau on Lambeau Field:

"They were in our division when I played, and we were up there every year. I coached there four years, so I was in there quite a few games. If you have a sense of history, and some people don't, but I do and I think it's a great venue. It is all that they say about it. You go back to the earliest roots of the National Football League and the Green Bay Packers are in there. It's tradition. I think our players will feel that when they go in there."

Has LeBeau seen "interesting weather games" there?

"Like I said, I coached there four years. I've seen every kind of weather. They have two seasons, summer and snow."

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