Tonight, the Cleveland Browns tackle the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17. Below, we analyze a couple of benefits, disadvantages, or normal ideas in regards to the two groups earlier than attending to our predictions for the sport.
A Feeling of Emptiness
- Sunday didn’t go as hoped. In typical style for Cleveland followers, we had been teased with the looks that the Chiefs would beat the Bengals, solely to see Cincinnati rally to win the AFC North. The Bengals deserved it, nothing must be taken away from them. Cleveland had so many possibilities this season, however they weren’t the crew to come back in clutch extra instances than not. Sometimes it’s laborious to imagine the Browns have a 7-8 report, as a result of it seems like we’ve performed worse.
- Still, this was so near being two thrilling division video games to finish the season towards Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Now? It simply feels a bit meaningless proper now. One may argue, “Should we even play a Kareem Hunt, who is coming off of an ankle injury?” Or what about Baker Mayfield, what’s the sense in placing his shoulder in danger? Shouldn’t I nonetheless be extra pumped up or excited a few division rivalry towards Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers? This might be his ultimate sport towards Cleveland — and we are able to formally eradicate them from the postseason too. I’m certain I’ll get slightly excited come sport time, however proper now it’s only a sulking feeling. A yr in the past, we beat the Steelers twice to get into and then win a playoff sport, and then practically took down the Chiefs. This yr, once we may’ve made an additional run, the magic simply wasn’t there all season. Bummer.
Here are predictions from a number of employees members at DBN.
Chris Pokorny: “Motivation will be key this week — will Cleveland still collectively have enough of it? Despite my sorrows, I’ll take the Browns to win 24-17. Even though Baker Mayfield threw four interceptions against the Packers last week, I saw something in the offense in general that appeared as if they found a rhythm in terms of run-pass balance, aggressiveness, and creative playcalling that had been lacking for weeks. The Browns have the majority of their roster back from COVID-19 too after missing key pieces the last two weeks.” Browns 24, Steelers 17
Barry Shuck: “Geez, why decide the Browns anymore? They have misplaced seven of their final 11. And but, two wins and some favorable scores from particular video games and Cleveland may really win the division. Not solely win it, however would turn into the fourth seed. No, I’m not off my meds. How superb is that? Okay, so spilling out what must be carried out is the straightforward half. Which Browns roster will present up towards Pittsburgh? There could be very little consistency on the offense, and the kicking scenario has gone main south. What occurred to nice Special Teams play?
So get this: the Steelers have allowed essentially the most speeding yards within the league this yr (2,141). They have allowed essentially the most yards per carry common (4.8) plus essentially the most runs of 20-yards or extra (18). Yeh, useless final on all three. They have allowed the second most rushes for first downs (125) ranked thirty first.
So get this different factor: the Browns will run within the first quarter and then abandon it. Yeh, you understand I’m proper. They had been slamming it down the NFC’s greatest membership final week on the bottom, and then simply give up handing the ball off for no matter motive. That occurs game-after-game. If you play fantasy soccer, you begin guys based mostly on matchups. When a crew is horrible towards the run, you begin the working again enjoying that crew. Oh, however no – not the Browns. Regardless, if Cleveland runs towards the Steelers a zillion makes an attempt they may win. If not, chalk this as much as but yet one more sport this yr that we are able to say, “Well, if they had beaten the (fill-in the blank)…… And don’t assume this one will be high-scoring. The Browns are averaging 15 points a game in their last six outings. So, how about Browns 15, Steelers 13?” Browns 15, Steelers 13
Thomas Moore: “Browns are getting healthy and whole just in time for a final two-game push to the playoffs. We saw “Ben” cry on the finish of final yr’s playoff loss, and with Monday evening probably being his final house sport, tears of despair are as soon as once more on the menu.
The 2021 season has been an extended, unusual and usually irritating journey for the Browns. It actually gained’t be straightforward, as a result of nothing ever is with this crew, however the Browns will discover a method to ship the house crowd house disenchanted on Monday evening.” Browns 21, Steelers 17
rufio: “We fight like hell, Browns win 21-20. Myles gets a pair of sacks and Chubb runs for 140+.” Browns 21, Steelers 20
Ezweav: “Just have completely no confidence that this squad may be counted on to do something apart from present up sporting matching uniforms. And now that I’ve mentioned that there’ll most likely be a problem…
The matchups are favorable however what does it matter? We play to no matter stage of competitors we’re up towards simply to make it a very grating loss (or win). If Baker performs nice, no one can block or catch. If the protection balls out, Baker throws 25 picks (although to be truthful, about 13 of these are apparent DPI’s that the dopey saying crew will concurrently acknowledge and then declare to be inconsequential).
It’s bitter out right here. I had no expectation that our playoff hopes would transcend this week, and so as a result of I believe no matter it’s that we wanted to occur will simply BARELY not occur, we’ll simply crush Yinztown.” Browns 45, Steelers 13
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