The NFC North may not be the most stable of all the conferences in the league, and on Sunday, two four-win teams are going to see if they can make some headway into taking it all when the Pittsburgh Steelers head west to Cleveland to take on the Browns.
After getting off to what seemed like a disastrous start, we’re starting to see glimpses of the Steelers team that we all thought we’d see this season. After looking as if they were dead to rites in the first half against the Lions last Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers fought back for the 37-27 victory, which was also their second win in a row. Big Ben put up a 367-yard effort, which is ultimately what this team needs to stay on the track to a return to the playoffs.
One week after helping themselves in the divisional race by defeating the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, the Browns took another step back last week when they dropped one to the Bengals, 41-20. The defense ranks 4th against the rush and 8th against the pass this year, and they’ll need all of that to show up against this Pittsburgh team that’s beginning to show signs of life on offense, especially through the air.
Date: Nov. 24
Start Time: 1pm ET
Location: Cleveland, OH
Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Odds: Browns -1
Prediction: The Steelers are beginning to put everything together. We’ve seen what some of the guys on this team are capable of under Mike Tomlin when they get in a groove. The Browns, on the other hand, don’t really seem to have any sort of identity built up as of yet. Pittsburgh should have no issue taking this one in the AFC North.
Steelers 24, Browns 14
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