Before the Browns went out and beat Baltimore's Joe Flacco two games ago, they had his 11-0 record against them shoved down their throats all week. This week, it's been Big Ben Roethlisberger and his Big Bad 15-1 record against the Browns heading into Sunday's game at FirstEnergy Stadium. "Who wouldn't be tired of 15-1?'' said defensive tackle Phil Taylor. "It's just like with the Ravens. People are going to say what they want to say about the records -- him vs. us -- but we're going to take it one game at a time. This game is on Sunday and we're going to handle it.'' Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has been on the losing end of more of those Big Ben victories than he'd care to admit, but in a season where the Brown have defeated the Super Bowl MVP in Flacco and subdued Cincinnati's Andy Dalton once and had him on the ropes a second time, anything can happen, right? "It's hard to believe,'' Jackson said of Roethlisberger's 15-1 dominance over the Browns. "But he's had a great career over there. He's won two Super Bowls and they’ve always orchestrated a great team over there, starting with great defense, and Big Ben has had a lot to do with a lot of their success in the past. "As of late, they've been getting back on track, so we know we’re going to have our hands full this Sunday.'' Roethlisberger doesn't even try to hide the revenge factor against the Browns, who passed on him with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 draft and opted for tight end Kellen Winslow instead. The Steelers selected Roethlisberger five picks later and have two more gleaming Lombardi trophies in the Heinz Field lobby to show for it. "I've been very fortunate to play on some really good football teams,'' Roethlisberger, a native of Findlay, Ohio and graduate of Miami University, said on a conference call this week. "You're going back home to Ohio to play against kind of a hometown team, so it always adds a little extra motivation. And they had one of the top 10 picks in the NFL draft that year and passed over me, so there’s always a little bit of motivation. It's a rival, it's an AFC North game, and those are always fun games.'' A Browns victory over Roethlisberger is so rare that hell almost did freeze over the only time it's happened. It was Dec. 10, 2009, the coldest day on record in a Browns-Steelers clash. As subzero windchills gusted in off Lake Erie, Eric Mangini's defense pounded a frozen Roethlisberger into submission. The Browns sacked him eight times en route to a 13-6 victory over the defending Super Bowl champs to hand them their fifth straight loss. Not only that, it snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Steelers and dashed their hopes of returning to the playoffs that year. "It was probably one of the coldest games I've ever played in,'' said Roethlisberger. "I just remember the wind. You couldn't wait for the series to be over so you could go sit on the heated bench. That was a crazy game, Thursday night. Wintery. I remember the weather more than anything that game. Obviously losing hurt too.'' Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton was the Steelers' defensive backs coach that game, but remembers Roethlisberger's 13 victories over the Browns during his tenure and his two Super Bowl victories far more than that one aberration.
Browns are sick of losing to Steelers' Big Ben, who's 15-1 against them
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Nov 24