Browns-Steelers Preview Capsule
CLEVELAND (2-4-1) at PITTSBURGH (3-2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Steelers by 7 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cleveland 4-2-1, Pittsburgh 3-3
SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 74-58-1
LAST MEETING — Steelers tied Browns 21-21, Sept. 9
LAST WEEK — Browns lost to Buccaneers 26-23, OT; Steelers had bye, beat Bengals 28-21 on Oct. 14
AP PRO32 RANKING — Browns No. 26, Steelers No. 7
BROWNS OFFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (5), PASS (T23).
BROWNS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (28), PASS (26).
STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (26), PASS (2).
STEELERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (11), PASS (27).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — First-place Steelers have won last 14 meetings with Browns at Heinz Field. Cleveland's last victory in Pittsburgh came on Oct. 5, 2003. ... Browns have lost 24 straight road games, two shy of NFL record owned by Detroit Lions (2007-10). ... Cleveland's last road win came on Oct. 11, 2015 at Baltimore. ... Browns are 6-32-1 vs. rival Steelers since 1999, when Cleveland re-entered NFL. ... Cleveland opened season with overtime tie against Pittsburgh and has played four OT games, one off league mark held by 1985 Green Bay Packers. ... Browns lead NFL with 20 takeaways, but have scored only 31 points off those turnovers. ... Embattled coach Hue Jackson is 3-35-1 in two-plus seasons. ... Jackson wants to get ball more to RB Duke Johnson, team's best dual threat. He has just 20 rushes and 18 receptions this season, but trade of Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville could open up time for Johnson. ... Rookie QB Baker Mayfield, top overall draft pick in April, makes first career start against Steelers. He was Tyrod Taylor's backup when teams met in opener. ... WR Jarvis Landry had season-high 10 receptions for 97 yards last week, and his 441 catches are most for any player in first five seasons. ... Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley spent previous six seasons with Steelers. ... Steelers have won two straight after 1-2-1 start. ... Pittsburgh 7-4 coming off by week under coach Mike Tomlin and 19-5 at home in October ... Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger 22-2-1 all-time against Browns and unbeaten at home. ... Steelers remain without RB Le'Veon Bell, who hasn't signed one-year franchise tender. ... Pittsburgh RB James Conner's seven rushing TDs rank second in NFL. Conner ran for 135 yards, two TDs in first meeting with Cleveland. ... Steelers WR Antonio Brown has TD reception in four straight games. ... Pittsburgh is tied for second in NFL with 22 sacks. Steelers sacked Taylor seven times in season opener. ... Fantasy tip: Brown lights up the Browns, averaging 108 yards receiving per game against Cleveland.
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