Team passing records in danger

The times are changing in Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger is putting it all together as a passer in his sixth NFL season.

Pittsburgh has morphed quickly into one of the best passing teams in the league and Ben Roethlisberger is operating more and more out of the no-huddle offense.

Roethlisberger used plenty of the no-huddle Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, calling his own plays, and threw for 417 yards, the third-most in Steelers history. At this rate, he will shatter most of the Steelers passing records, save one -- he has 10 touchdowns after throwing five in the past two games.

Roethlisberger has completed 150-of-207 for 1,887 yards, which leads the NFL. Hines Ward leads all receivers with 599 yards and Heath Miller's 34 receptions are second among tight ends.

The Steelers have a long history as the top rushing team in the league since the 1970 merger, but things are changing in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers scored only 27 points against Cleveland Sunday despite their biggest output in 14 years with 543 yards. They were held down on the scoreboard because of three lost fumbles and one interception.

"The points didn't match the performance," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. "We put it all together, we can be pretty daggone good."

Roethlisberger loves the freedom of working in the no-huddle and said his teammates do too.

"It's fun," he said. "I think if you ask the receivers, they like it. Two guys had over 100 yards, Heath had a bunch of yards, the backs are getting the balls. Everybody's getting touches, so I think they like it as well."


--The NFL is investigating the latest arrest by Steelers kicker Jeff Reed. "We are looking into it" is all a league spokesman said after Reed was cited by Pittsburgh police Sunday night for disorderly conduct and public intoxication around 9 p.m. outside a bar near Heinz Field.

The league fined Reed $10,000 after he pled guilty to disorderly conduct earlier this year for an incident at a convenience store in New Alexandria, Pa.

--Strong safety Troy Polamalu discarded the brace on his left knee before the start of Sunday's game. He wore the brace all through practice last week to protect the sprained MCL he suffered in the opener.

--Heinz Field was resodded Sunday night between the college hash marks. The Steelers ripped out their DDGrassmaster field after last season and put down all grass so they could patch it as needed during the season.

--DE Aaron Smith, placed on IR last week with a torn rotator cuff, will have surgery this week. It was postponed on Friday because he was sick.


--RB Mewelde Moore was used more in the fourth quarter Sunday after fumbles by Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker in the third quarter. Moore had five carries for 20 yards. Asked if Moore played because of the fumbles, Arians said, "That, and he had fresh legs."

--WR Santonio Holmes ranks only third on the team with 28 catches, but he's on pace to top his personal high of 55 receptions from last season and with 438 yards a real threat to get his first 1,000-yard season.

--WR Mike Wallace leads the Steelers with an average of 16.4 yards per catch (18 for 296 yards). He also ran once for 21 yards on Sunday vs. the Browns as he continues to become more of a threat as the No. 3 wideout.

--LB Lawrence Timmons had the second two-sack day of his career Sunday and is second on the team with three sacks.

--RB Rashard Mendenhall leads the team with four rushing touchdowns and a 5.1-yard average per carry after starting his third straight game.

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