NFL Week 8 Game Preview: Browns (2-4-1) at Steelers (3-2-1)
Pittsburgh was the only AFC North team to win last week, leaving them in first place just a half-game ahead of the Bengals and Ravens as they prepare for their rematch with the Browns.
That would be the Browns team that left Pittsburgh to deal with the opening day tie that keeps them from having a full-game lead in the division.
Cleveland was a little different then. They were still riding a long losing streak and had Tyrod Taylor behind center. When Taylor got knocked out of a game with a concussion and watched Mayfield lead the Browns to a come-from-behind victory, he knew he was out.
Today, Taylor is in New Orleans and Mayfield has a second Browns victory under his belt. Veteran rusher Carlos Hyde is playing in Jacksonville after handing his Cleveland duties over to another rookie, Nick Chubb.
But one thing is still the same and represents the Browns’ biggest hurdle. There is still a losing culture hanging over the team, and that plays a part in them finding ways to lose close contests. They have only been blown out once and went to overtime four times already.
Teams with winning cultures find the lucky break or fortuitous bounce that gets them more than two wins in a season like that.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers bounced back from a subpar first quarter to take over first place in the division. They have a winning culture that the Browns need to cultivate.
Injuries and notes:
Pittsburgh comes into this contest healthy, with only safety Morgan Burnett and their fourth wide receiver listed on the injury report.
Le’Veon Bell has not reported as of Wednesday, which rules out any chance of a return against the Browns.
Cleveland’s injury report is also light, with wide receiver Rashard Higgins the only offensive player listed. Linebacker Joe Schobert and corner EJ Gaines join him in the questionable box.
Mike Tomlin had the Steelers back on track even before Le’Veon Bell joins the team. His biggest challenge will be handling Bell and James Conner together. Conner is no Bell, but he is doing pretty well in his place and garnering allies among his teammates.
Losing cultures are usually enhanced by leadership, but owner Jim Haslam stuck with Hue Jackson after a 1-31 start. Right now, it looks the millions of folks who bet the over on Cleveland’s preseason win projection are out of luck.
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Who will win the Steelers v Browns game?
Cleveland has stayed in most games this season. Despite their record and the jettisoning of some veteran talent, fans are excited about their young team, and for good reason.
But Pittsburgh comes off a bye week ready to exact some revenge over their opening week tie to the Browns. Look for Roethlisberger to attack early and often.
Final score: Steelers 27, Browns 17