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Steelers...10 Browns...6

September 15, 2008|From the Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- On a less-than-ideal night for football, Pittsburgh made it a perfect 10 over Cleveland.

Ignoring his sore shoulder and wind gusts of 60 mph, Ben Roethlisberger threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward as the Steelers made it 10 straight wins over their closest rival, beating the Browns, 10-6, to extend the NFL's longest current winning streak between two teams.

As is their way, the Steelers wrecked Cleveland's return to prime time after a five-year hiatus. Pittsburgh (2-0) has won eight in a row in Cleveland (0-2), 16 of 17 and 23 of 26 in a rivalry that has been one-sided since the days Roethlisberger was learning how to throw a football in Findlay, Ohio.

During the game, it was disclosed that Roethlisberger suffered a separated shoulder last week in a win over Houston. But he didn't seem bothered as he passed for 186 yards and improved to 10-0 in NFL games inside his home state. The Cincinnati Bengals haven't had any luck in their stadium against him either.

Quoteworthy: "They are the best defense in the NFL. They are great, not good." -- Kellen Winslow, Browns tight end, on the Steelers

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