The Browns will take on the Steelers in what is arguably the most important game that they have played since their last playoff appearance back in 2002. If the Browns win, they are in the postseason, but a loss will make it very unlikely that they make the playoffs. They will go up against many of the Steelers’ backups as they are resting some of their players. Ben Roethlisberger, Chris Boswell, Terrell Edmunds T.J. Watt, Maurice Pouncey and Cam Hayward will all get a Sunday off as the Steelers prepare for their playoff push. This means that QB Mason Rudolph, who was the player who DE Myles Garrett hit with his helmet, will get the start at quarterback. The Browns will also be without some key players as the COVID-19 issues that plagued the Browns last week have continued. They’ve had to close their facility four times this week, and they’ll be without CB Denzel Ward, LB B.J. Goodson, FS Andrew Sendejo, and TE Harrison Bryant. The Browns will still be expected to beat the Steelers with all the second-stringers on the field, but it will be a difficult task with the Browns going just 1-8-1 in their last 10 meetings with the Steelers.
Key #1: Get the Receivers Involved
Due to all of the Browns starting wide receivers being close contacts to B.J. Goodson, who tested positive for COVID-19, they were unable to play in last week’s loss to the Jets. This week, all four of them, Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and KhaDarel Hodge, were able to return to the team. The Browns will also look to throw the football more because star Steelers cornerback and former Brown Joe Haden tested positive for COVID-19. It is always a difficult task to throw on Pittsburgh because of the fact that Minkah Fitzpatrick is a top-tier safety. However, with the absence of Haden, it is a great opportunity for all of the wideouts to have a great game on Sunday.