Pittsburgh Steelers Team Notes

The idle Steelers (2-4) did nothing but gain ground last weekend in the AFC North Division when Baltimore (3-3) and Cleveland (3-4) each lost. The Steelers are now in a tie for last lace in the division with Cincinatti, who beat Baltimore on Sunday.

"Luckily for us, we're in a bad division," WR Hines Ward said. "For us playing the way we are and still a game out of first, there's a lot of hope right there. It's like everybody's 0-0 with 10-games left. We're looking at it like a high school schedule. With 10 games, we have to go out there and we have to get better, everybody individually and collectively as a group."

Close counts in more than horseshoes
The Steelers are the only visiting team on Monday Night Football that has to play on the road the following week. Pittsburgh plays at San Francisco Nov. 16, then plays at Cleveland Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. After playing on Monday night, 13 visiting teams play at home the following week and two have byes.

"I talked to the league about it," Dan Rooney said, "and they said that's why they put us in Cleveland, because it's close. We're not making a big thing about it."

The Steelers play their 1,000th game Sunday, the seventh NFL franchise to play that many games. The others are the Cardinals, Bears, Lions, Packers, Giants and Redskins. The Steelers are 488-490-21, fifth in NFL history in total victories.

Jerome Bettis, 10th in the NFL in career rushing, hasn't made much headway on that list this season with only 128 yards rushing. He has 11,670 yards. He needs 405 more to pass Thurman Thomas for ninth place, 451 to pass Franco Harris for eighth place, 574 to pass Marcus Allen for seventh place and 643 to pass Jim Brown for sixth place.

BYE the Numbers and October stuff, whatever
Pittsburgh is 8-6 following their bye week, winning in each of the past two years after the week off. Bill Cowher's teams traditionally play better in October than any other month with a 32-12 record since 1992, a success rate of .727. They are 0-2 this October with one game left.

Quote to Note
"Running the football is a lot of will and determination, just gut. It doesn't necessarily have to be the prettiest thing. All it needs to be is three yards, line up and do it again." -- RB Jerome Bettis.

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