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Big Ben looms large in relief role against Browns

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Who had Ben Roethlisberger setting the NFL record for most yards by a backup in their office pool?


As in 379 yards passing. In a relief role.

That's one heck of a day.

Of course, it helps having two stellar wideouts like Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant to throw to.

Yeah, and it's nice having the Browns on the other side, too, simply to add to the fun.

Now the Steelers get a much-needed break before heading to Seattle.

And, if you're keeping track at home, the Steelers (6-4) lead the Bills (5-4) and Jets (5-4) in the wild-card standings.

Smart move is to rest Roethlisberger against Browns

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They can't be serious, can they?

Ben Roethlisberger is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

That's got to be some gamesmanship.

If the Steelers can't beat the Browns without Roethlisberger, then maybe they aren't the playoff-caliber team they're supposed to be.

It makes much more sense to hold out Roethlisberger this week. Add to it the bye week and he'll have two full weeks of recovery.

Landry Jones is capable of leading this team.

It's the Browns. It's at Heinz Field.

Rest Roethlisberger. It's the smart move.

Steelers keep finding a way to win

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Now what?

What do the Steelers do now that Ben Roethlisberger will be out for a couple more weeks?

Well, to steal a phrase from the Raiders: Just win, baby.

Whether they're playing without Le'Veon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey, Martavis Bryant or Roethlisberger the first time, the Steelers are somehow finding a way to win.

The next man up, as coach Mike Tomlin likes to say, has stepped up.

Landry Jones did.

Well, he did what he needed to do -- get Antonio Brown the ball.

Now, Pittsburgh enters Cleveland week knowing they'll be without Big Ben -- this time with a sprained foot -- but also knowing they're in the driver's seat for a playoff spot.

If the season ended today, they'd be in.

They're 5-4, just behind the Jets (5-3) and just ahead of the Bills (4-4) and Raiders (4-4).

Anyone think they can't beat the dysfunctional Browns without Ben?

I know they can.

Then they get a bye. And a chance to regroup.

But one thing's for sure…