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James Harrison Returning To Steelers' Defense Is Bad News For Rams

Every Friday, the National Football Post asks local writers for each NFL team to break down the most important aspects of that team's matchup, and this week Michael Bean of SB Nation's Steelers blog, BehindTheSteelCurtain, weighed in on what to expect from the Pittsburgh Steelers when they square off against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams offense has been struggling to find rhythm all season long, and Kellen Clemens may start on the road at Pittsburgh, so the return of James Harrison could be doubly dangerous to the Rams: 

Don't be surprised if: With James Harrison set to return to the lineup following his one-game suspension last week, don't be surprised if the Steelers' defense gets back on track following their less-than-stellar showing against San Francisco on Monday night. The Steelers have feasted on inferior offenses when Harrison has been in the lineup, giving up just 9, 7 and 3 points to Kansas City, Cincinnati and Cleveland respectively in the trio of games preceeding his suspension. Also don't be surprised if Rashard Mendenhall receives 20 or more carries for just the second time this season (23 vs. Jacksonville in Week 6). Mendenhall was impressive against the 49ers, rushing for 64 yards on 15 carries and catching three balls for an additional 25 yards.    

Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the St. Louis Rams be sure to visit Turf Show Times. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.