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Ben Roethlisberger: 'No real excuse' for Steelers' road woes

PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger has played on five Pittsburgh Steelers teams that won at least five road games.

All before 2011.

The Steelers used to enter the stadiums of opposing teams and take what they wanted. They could bully teams with Roethlisberger, Jerome Bettis, Alan Faneca, Hines Ward and a litany of run-stoppers on defense.

Roethlisberger knows the only cure for what ails them is better play on the road after a 1-3 start. Roethlisberger admits there's less comfort on the road than at home, in part because of the offensive silent count to combat the noise.

"But there’s no real excuse. We need to step up," Roethlisberger said. "We pride ourselves in years past here in being a great road football team. We need to do that. We need to start this week."

Luckily for Roethlisberger and the Steelers, they can take their frustrations out on Cleveland, which is 2-19 against Roethlisberger when he starts against the Browns.

For his career, Roethlisberger has 5,323 yards, 35 touchdowns and a 97.1 passer rating against Cleveland.

Asked if the Steelers could turn to the no-huddle offense more on the road, Roethlisberger said, "We'll do whatever we need to do." The team has started formulating their game plan. Two weeks ago in Baltimore, the team opted for an offensive approach Tomlin admitted was conservative in light of Roethlisberger's knee injury.

Working the middle of the field with Eli Rogers, Ladarius Green, Le'Veon Bell and other served the Steelers' passing game well Sunday against Dallas.

"We’ll continue to tweak it, move some things around and change some things throughout the week," Roethlisberger said. "And then, whenever Saturday night comes, we’ll kind of hammer it down and finalize what our game plan is going to be. With the obvious ability to change in the middle of a game, depending on what’s going on. I assume weather will be a factor. I saw 30-mph winds, so I don’t think there will be too many deep balls unless you’re going with the wind."

That's why Roethlisberger said he'll practice with gloves on. Gloves help spin the ball through the wind.

Might help with the team's cloudy outlook, too.