HEINZ FIELD, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
CONCENSUS LINE: STEELERS BY 13.5
STADIUM AND WEATHER INFO
Matchup to watch according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
Browns RB Duke Johnson vs. Steelers ILB Vince Williams.
Already a key player and leader, Williams was thrust further into the spotlight when LB Ryan Shazier was seriously injured this month. Johnson has been the Browns’ most consistent and productive playmaker, and he has shown the ability to make defenders miss and turn simple plays into big gains. The Steelers want to stop the run and force the rookie QB to beat them.
Matchup to watch according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
Browns Secondary vs. Steelers Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
The Browns run defense has been one of the bright spots this season. If they can somehow contain Le'Veon Bell, it will force the Ben Roethlisberger to throw the ball. The absence of Antonio Brown will certainly help, but the Browns secondary needs to slow down JuJu Smith-Schuster, Martavis Bryant and Jesse James.
Who will win and why according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
The Browns haven’t been able to sustain much offensively, and they haven’t forced a turnover since mid-November. They will be desperate to avoid a winless season and could catch the Steelers with several regulars resting. The Steelers don’t want to be the one team the Browns were able to beat, and the Browns haven’t shown they can close out a game.
STEELERS- 20 BROWNS-13
Who will win and why according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
The Steelers need to win this game in order to possibly get home field advantage throughout the play-offs. Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson has no clue when it comes to calling plays. Instead of playing to the strength of the offense and running the ball, he continues to put the offense on the shoulders of his turn-over machine QB. The Steelers will have no mercy on the Browns. Instead of jumping into Lake Erie, maybe Coach Jackson can just jump in the Ohio River and swim to Cincinnati.
Who will win according to Browns Backers of North Jersey President Steve Stavrenos:
2017 SEASON STANDINGS:
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 14-1
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY: 7-8
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY PRESIDENT STEVE STAVRENOS: 3-12