Browns-Steelers Preview Capsule
CLEVELAND (5-6) at PITTSBURGH (6-5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Browns by 2 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Browns 4-6-1; Steelers 5-5-1
SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 75-59-1
LAST MEETING — Browns beat Steelers 21-7, Nov. 14
LAST WEEK — Browns beat Dolphins 41-24; Steelers beat Bengals 16-10
AP PRO32 RANKING — Browns No. 19, Steelers No. 16
BROWNS OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (11), PASS (22).
BROWNS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (20), PASS (15).
STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (25), PASS (27).
STEELERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (11), PASS (8).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Steelers have won each of last 15 meetings at Heinz Field. ... Browns have won three straight — all at home — and turned around sinking season. ... Browns have not swept Steelers in same season since 1988. ... First meeting marred by brawl between Cleveland DE Myles Garrett and Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph in final seconds. Garrett received indefinite suspension after striking Rudolph in head with Rudolph’s helmet. Pittsburgh C Maurkice Pouncey suspended three games, later reduced to two, for punching and kicking Garrett in aftermath. ... Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi hit with one-game ban after shoving Rudolph to ground. In all, league handed out more than $700,000 in fines. ... Rudolph won’t start in rematch after getting benched for rookie QB Devlin Hodges. ... At 5-6, Browns have best record at this point since 2014. ... Browns QB Baker Mayfield coming off best statistical game in 2019. He completed 24 of 34 for 327 yards with three touchdown passes in win over Miami. ... Mayfield has just one interception in past four games after throwing league-leading 12 in first seven. ... Browns could be without starting LT Greg Robinson, placed in concussion protocol this week. ... Browns WR Jarvis Landry had two TD catches last week and has scoring reception in four straight games. ... Steelers’ Hodges threw for 115 yards, touchdown after replacing Rudolph in second half vs. Cincinnati. Hodges won previous start, throwing for 132 yards and score in victory over Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 13. ... Pittsburgh RB Benny Snell gave team’s beleaguered running game boost vs. Bengals, rushing for career-high 98 yards. ... Steelers likely without leading receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and leading rusher James Conner (shoulder) for second straight week. ... Pittsburgh defense second in turnovers (28), third in sacks (38) but created one sack, no takeaways in first game with Browns. ... Fantasy tip: Cleveland RB Nick Chubb has at least 75 scrimmage yards in 11 consecutive games, league’s longest current streak.
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