The Browns came back into the league in 1999. Since that return, not once has the team swept the Steelers in a regular season.
The last time was 1988.
As of matter of fact, the series has been lopsided in favor of the Steelers. The Dawgs have a chance this Sunday to do the unthinkable and that is sweeping the regular-season meetings with the Steelers. They’re favored to win in Pittsburgh for the first time in 30 years.
Just start now on the over/under on how many times they will reference the helmet swing that cost Myles Garrett the season. The Browns may have lost Garrett, but the team did defeat the Steelers, 21-7.
Then, the Browns offense exploded against the Dolphins last game to the tune of 41 points. Don’t expect that kind of an explosion against the feisty Steelers defense. The Browns look to continue to add more touches for running back Kareem Hunt.
Hunt made some key third down conversions in the last game. Along with Hunt, the Browns will try to dominate the line of scrimmage, leading the way for RB Nick Chubb.
Chubb is second in the league in rushing yards trailing only Christian McCaffrey.
Baker Mayfield is playing solid football as of late. During the Browns three-game winning streak, Baker has thrown for 758/7/1. Jarvis Landry has been on a tear the last four games; he has 339 yards with five touchdowns, one in each of the last four games. So, Landry and his sidekick Odell Beckham, Jr. will attempt to make big plays against the Steelers secondary.
The defense stifled the Steelers in the last meeting. Joe Schobert led the way with two interceptions. The Browns totaled four interceptions and four sacks frustrating QB Mason Rudolph. Cleveland, of course, will not have Myles Garrett. They do get DT Larry Ogunjobi back from suspension. The team will hope that LB Olivier Vernon will be healthy in time for Sunday’s showdown. Mason Rudolph will not be starting for Pittsburgh as that job goes to Devlin Hodges.
The Steelers barely could beat the worst team in football (Bengals). The offense has not shown anything to make me believe they can outscore Cleveland. The Browns could turn the tide of this once-lopsided rivalry. A win over the Steelers means a couple of things:
1. Their first sweep of the Steelers in the regular season since 1988. Also, the first win at Heinz Field since 2003.
2. 3-0 record in the division.
3. 6-6 record and right in the thick of the Wild Card race.
I have the Browns winning 23- 17.