Regular-season series lead on the line tonight

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

CLEVELAND -- As we pointed out earlier in the week when examining the NFL's hottest rivalries, few series over the long haul have been more even than the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.

The Steelers have dominated Cleveland as of late, winning nine straight. But the overall regular-season series is tied at 55-55, which means the winner of tonight's battle not only takes a firm grip in the AFC North but an advantage in the series. Pittsburgh also has beaten Cleveland twice in the postseason.

Browns general manager Phil Savage already deemed this the most important game of the season. It will be interesting to see how both teams respond.

In other news, Browns receiver Donte Stallworth will miss his second straight game tonight with a quad injury. Safety Sean Jones, who had knee surgery Thursday, is the other missing starter on the inactive list.

For the Steelers, notable inactives include starting cornerback Deshea Townsend and rookie receiver Limas Sweed. Cornerback Bryant McFadden will start at cornerback in place of Townsend.