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News » Cleveland's Dorsey eager for first start at QB since '05 2008-12-06

Cleveland's Dorsey eager for first start at QB since '05 2008-12-06

Cleveland's Dorsey eager for first start at QB since '05  2008-12-06
At least Cleveland Browns quarterback Ken Dorsey is confident.

The sixth-year veteran will make the 11th start of his career, but his first in three seasons with the Browns, when Cleveland visits Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 7.

His most previous start came as a San Francisco 49er on Nov. 27, 2005, against the Titans. He completed 23-of-43 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a 33-22 loss.

Sure has been awhile, eh?

"But I'm expecting a lot out of myself and I'm going to put everything I've got into this thing," Dorsey told Steve King of Clevelandbrowns.com.

Opportunity knocks for Dorsey because of injuries to Derek Anderson (torn medial collateral ligament) and Brady Quinn (finger).

"When you're not on the field, it's tough," Dorsey said. "You do whatever it takes to keep yourself ready, and when your opportunity arises, you go out and play and do the best you can."

Head coach Romeo Crennel calls Dorsey "a very smart quarterback and a competitor."

"I've been through a lot in this league, and that's helped me to this point," Dorsey said. "I just try to do what I'm supposed to do and make good decisions."

Pittsburgh Steelers

48 wins for 'Big Ben'

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 179 yards and two TDs in the Steelers' 33-10 victory at New England, pushing his career won-loss record to 48-19.

The 48 wins by the Miami University product ties Otto Graham, Dan Marino and Tom Brady for the most victories by a QB in his first five seasons since 1950.

"Big Ben" is in a perfect situation because the Steelers have the league's top defense. Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons had interceptions, and the duo of James Harrison (14) and LaMarr Woodley (11.5) own the club record for most combined sacks by two players.

Roethlisberger calls the defense "unbelievable. You just get to the sideline, put your coat on, your hat on, and all of a sudden you're ready to go back on the field."

Baltimore Ravens

Takin' care of business

Everywhere he looked, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh saw heroes.

Quarterback Joe Flacco passed for 280 yards and two TDs; Mark Clayton caught five passes for 164 yards and tossed a TD; Le'Ron McClain cranked out 86 rushing yards; and the defense held the Bengals to 155 yards.

"It's understandable to look at a game like this and say, 'That's potentially a game that they will overlook,' " Harbaugh said. "But our guys just aren't there. If we do things right, and we stay humble and keep working hard, we'll never be there. That's not a place you want to be.

"The fact of the matter is that in this league, 'any given Sunday' is true. For our guys to come in and take care of business, I think that speaks very highly of our team."

Cincinnati Bengals

Anchored in the cellar

Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh called the offense "terrible" against Baltimore, and deservedly so.

They tied club records for fewest first downs (six) and most punts (11) in a game.

"We just couldn't move the ball," Houshmandzadeh said. "Part of it is my fault. I dropped two balls that I shouldn't have dropped, and one of them would have given us a first down."

Out of 14 possessions, the Bengals had nine "three-andouts."

"Football is about giving yourself extra downs to make plays and giving the coordinator (Bob Bratkowski) a chance to get a feel for the opposing coordinator," Houshmandzadeh said. "We just aren't giving 'Brat' extra plays. We aren't creating enough first downs to put (opponents) in a position to make mistakes. We're the ones making the mistakes, and it shows."

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2253 or cludwig@DaytonDailyNews.com

At a glance

This week's schedule

Cincinnati (1-10-1) at Indianapolis (8-4), 1 p.m. Sunday

Cleveland (4-8) at Tennessee (11-1), 1 p.m. Sunday

Dallas (8-4) at Pittsburgh (9-3), 4:15 p.m. Sunday

Washington (7-5) at Baltimore (8-4), 8:15 p.m. Sunday

Week 13 goat: Bengals QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

fumbled twice, got sacked three times and had five passes swatted in Cincinnati's ugly loss.

Quote of the week: "We heard a lot of talk about it being a rivalry. It hasn't been much of a rivalry until you win some. That's what we talked about coming up here." - Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin after the Steelers' 33-10 victory at New England.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 6, 2008

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