Browns & Steelers: Thursday Night Football Goes Rivalry Mode

This Thursday night, the Browns welcome their long-time nemesis – the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have been on a tear ever since the trade for former Dolphin(s) safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The Steelers have won four straight and are looking to continue their dominance of the Browns. Cleveland just ended their four-game losing streak with a last-minute victory over the Buffalo Bills. The Browns will look to turn a page on what has been a lopsided rivalry for the better part of two decades. Many of those losses were because of Big Ben and great Steeler defenses. The Browns of 2019 have made it clear they want to be the best in the division.

This will only be the Browns’ second divisional game this year. The Browns made a huge statement by going to Baltimore and winning in decisive fashion. Now, the Browns must face a team that has owned them. The team will be playing at home coming off a much-needed win and the fans should be pumped up being what’s at stake.

QB Mason Rudolph

So, what will the Browns have to do to end this ridiculous losing streak to the Steelers?

First, no Big Ben, which makes it a lot easier. Also, no AB and no Bell. So, this all good news. Mason Rudolph has done a great job filling in for Big Ben; it will be up to the Browns to force Rudolph into mistakes and for the Browns to capitalize.

Last year, in Week 1, the Browns forced six turnovers but managed to only score 21 points in a game that ended in a tie against the Steelers. Speaking of turnovers, Baker Mayfield has not committed many the last several weeks and needs to continue that for the Browns to win.

Prediction:

The Browns need this one.

Not just for the standings. Not just to keep their playoff hopes alive. But psychologically, they need to beat the Steelers. Don’t expect the Steelers to back down easily. They’re well-coached and they have exceeded expectations up to this point with the loss of their three-headed monster on offense. I expect the Browns to come out and ride the wave of the home crowd. If they can avoid the lapses on penalties and turnovers then they should be just fine.

I have the Browns winning another nail-biter, 23-20.

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