The Steelers earned their tenth victory of the season, beating St. Louis 41-24, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The victory, which will ensure Pittsburgh a place in the playoffs with a Brown loss on Sunday, came at a heavy cost, as league leading rusher Willie Parker suffered a broken leg on only the second play from scrimmage.
Despite the blow, backup running back Najeh Davenport dominated on the ground for 123 yards, and was the first to post more than 100 against St. Louis all season. QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns against a sluggish Ram defense. The vaunted Steelers' D was not much better at times, as Steve Jackson ran for 85 yards and Marc Bulger had three TD passes.