Rashard Mendenhall Faces The NFL's Second-Worst Run Defense On Thursday Night

Facing the Cleveland Browns, who have the NFL's second-worst run defense, could help Rashard Mendenhall break out of the fantasy football slump he's been in throughout the 2012 season.

Mendenhall has just one 100-yard game (Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars) and has not topped 70 yards in a single game since, though he has scored five touchdowns over the last four games. As a team, the Steelers have averaged 116.3 yards per game the last three weeks but will be going up against a Browns defense that is allowing 151.3 yards per game on the season and allowed 290 rushing yards to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday, helping Ray Rice earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

For his career, Mendenhall has never produced well against the Browns, rushing for just 235 yards on 74 carries with four touchdowns in five games.

For more on Roethlisberger and his match-up with the Browns, be sure to check out Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain, as well as our Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature.

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