1:00 P.M. KICK-OFF
TIPICO LINE: STEELERS BY 3
STADIUM AND WEATHER INFO
BROWNS POWER RANKINGS
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 22nd (Previous Rank: 24th)
Eighteen throws from QB Deshaun Watson suggests this offense still isn't optimally dialed in, but Sunday was the best it's looked since he returned – and his season-best three TD throws should fuel some optimism for next fall.
NFL: NOT LISTED (Previous Rank: 26th)
NFL.com did not list rankings this week.
ESPN: 20th (Previous Rank: 26th)
Cleveland effectively punted on 2022 -- and another season of DE Myles Garrett's and RB Nick Chubb' prime years -- when it traded for QB Deshaun Watson in March. Watson, who violated the NFL's personal conduct policy (by committing sexual assault, as defined by the league), was suspended 11 games. Even though backup QB Jacoby Brissett played well in those 11 games, Cleveland couldn't overcome Watson's suspension -- or a run defense that ranked last in the league proving to be a major culprit.
BLEACHER REPORT: NOT LISTED (Previous Rank 24th)
Bleacher Report did not list rankings this week.
BROWNS POSITION FANTASY RANKINGS
Quarterback: DeShaun Watson-22nd
Running Backs: Nick Chubb-17th; Kareem Hunt-47th
Wide Receivers: Amari Cooper-27th
Tight Ends: David Njoku-13th
Kickers: Cade York-17th
STEELERS POSITION FANTASY RANKINGS
Quarterback: None Listed
Running Backs: Najee Harris-8th
Wide Receivers: Diontae Johnson-38th
Tight Ends: Pat Freiermuth-12th
Kickers: None Listed
Browns' Amari Cooper vs. Steelers CB Cameron Sutton
Sutton has developed over the course of the 2022 season into one of the best all-around cornerbacks in the league. He has become a reliable option for Pittsburgh to shut down the opposing team's top receiver. Sutton faces a huge challenge with Cooper coming off a two-touchdown performance.
Matchup to watch according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
Browns DL vs. Steelers RB Najee Harris
The Browns DL needs to control the line of scrimmage and stop Najee Harris and the running game. Let QB Kenny Pickett beat you. Force him into bad decisions and than Pick-ett off!
Who will win and why
according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
With the Steelers' 16-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, they remained in the playoff hunt. You know the Browns would love to play spoiler against a bitter division rival, but with everything to play for, Pittsburgh pulls off the road upset. (Duh! They are the Home Team!!)
Who will win and why according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
The Browns played a well rounded game last week. They have something to play for this week: End on a 2 game winning streak, knock the Steelers out of the play-offs, give Mike Tomlin his first losing season and finish ahead of the Steelers in the standings.
2022 SEASON STANDINGS:
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 8-8
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY: 7-9
END OF YEAR PARTY