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Steelers notebook: Miller finding his way to end zone

Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
Steelers tight end Heath Miller scores a second-quarter touchdown against the Redskins on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Heinz Field.

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By Alan Robinson
Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, 6:48 p.m.
 

This hasn't happened often: A tight end leads the Steelers in touchdown receptions seven games into a season.

Heath Miller has six touchdowns among his 35 receptions.

“A little bit. It's not a huge difference,” Miller said of what the Todd Haley offense has meant to his upgraded role. “We've got a lot of the same plays, maybe some more opportunities in terms as the red zone but there are no drastic differences.”

Haley's three receivers-one tight end formation creates mismatches for Miller, although he said coverages vary from a safety to a nickel back to a linebacker.

“I'm not ready to say it is a tight end offense,” Miller said. “Opportunities are going to come and go. Maybe six weeks from now you'll be asking why we're not throwing to the tight end.”

Eli vs. Ben III

Giants quarterback Eli Manning was the No. 1 pick in 2004; Roethlisberger was No. 11. Between them, they have won four Super Bowls (two apiece). The Ben-Eli matchup Sunday will be only the third between them in nine seasons. Roethlisberger won in 2004; Manning won at Heinz Field in 2008. Roethlisberger had 505 yards passing to Manning's 381, but Manning had only one interception to Roethlisberger's six.

— Alan Robinson

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