Key #5: Execute on Special Teams
P Jamie Gillan was one of many that are listed as questionable to play on Sunday with his ailment being a groin injury. Head coach Kevin Stefanski said that K Cody Parkey would handle the punting duties if Gillan is unable to play. Parkey has never punted in the NFL before, but he has been perfect on field goals this season. The Browns kick return coverage has struggled all season and that was highlighted by the 101-yard kickoff return that they allowed last week against the Colts. They can’t afford to give any extra points to the Steelers.
It is a very winnable game for the Browns, but they will have to overcome injuries and history to win in Pittsburgh this Sunday.