Steelers Topple Winless Browns

Were the Browns able to finally get into the win column or did the Steelers break their own 4 game losing streak?

In a game that should have been a walk through for the Steelers, the Browns managed to keep it close despite never really getting their offense going. Cleveland used two quarterbacks due to a hit from Lawrence Timmons that received a penalty, causing a concussion to Cody Kessler. Enter veteran Josh McCown looking like the better choice for the Browns, But this game belonged to the Pittsburgh Defense who needed a strong showing against one of the weakest teams in the league. Did they ever deliver with a season high 8 sacks forcing two turnovers (one interception and one fumble returned for a score) and holding the Browns to only 209 yards total. James Harrison became the Steelers all time sack leader, he now has 78.5 sacks in his illustrious career.

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Steelers dominated Browns

The Steelers lead time of possession by almost 10 minutes and had control of the game from the beginning. Le’veon Bell lead the way with 28 carries for 146 yards and a score as well as 8 catches for 55 yards. Ben Roethlisberger was 23-36 for 167 yards with 8 of those throws to Antionio Brown for 76 yards. The Steelers finished the game with 24 first downs and 313 total yards in a very important divisional game that had huge playoff implications. With the Ravens loss to the Cowboys today Pittsburgh has pulled back even at 5-5 with Baltimore at the top of the AFC north. The Ravens do own the tie breaker at this point in the season but with a divisional show down looming on Christmas Day the Steelers win today against Cleveland have evened the playing Field.

Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore – AFC North

At just two games past the mid point of the season the division is down to two teams, with Cincinnati and Cleveland virtually out of contention it’s is either Pittsburgh or Baltimore’s to lose. One of these two teams will be your AFC North Champions and with the fire power in the AFC at the moment will likely be the fourth seed in the playoffs, and the other may be watching from home.

Check out these highlights from today’s game (via NFL.com on YouTube)

 

The Steelers play the Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving in yet another AFC showdown that has playoff football written all over it. Every game is a must win for the Pittsburgh Steelers from this point on if they have plans the playoffs let alone if they want the division Crown.  Look forward to a high scoring game against Andrew Luck and the Colts in what should be a very entertaining yet important AFC match up.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns – Week 11 Rundown

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns in what used to be a bitter rivalry but now is more like a tune up game as of late. With the Browns at 0-10 and a Pittsburgh team limping through the middle of the season with a 4-5 record this game is pivotal if the Steelers want to stay in the playoff hunt. Mike Tomlin’s squad is in full panic mode whether they will admit it or not and they can’t take this Cleveland squad lightly.

Facing arguably the worst team in the NFL, The Pittsburgh defense who ranks 25th in the league this year really needs a turn around game. The secondary is young and probably the biggest weakness on the Pittsburgh team. As I said before, Cleveland is — on paper —  the worst team in the league ranking 27th in pass Defense and next to last against the rush. Going up against Big Ben and the 4th ranked passing offense of Pittsburgh and an always explosive and dangerous Le’Veon Bell, Cleveland’s defense will have to show up with their best game of the year if they want to have a chance.

Le'Veon Bell vs. Browns
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Look for Ben, Antonio Brown and Bell all to have a huge day in the stat department in what should be a easy game in the AFC North. As for a prediction I would say Pittsburgh gets back on the winning track with a big win 35 -10 over the soon to be 0-11 Cleveland Browns. That means there’s still a chance we see them join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go 0-16 in a full NFL season.

HEREEE WE GO Sunday at 1 o’clock.