NFL Week 18: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Game Preview

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The Cleveland Browns are set to travel to Acrisure Stadium to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a week 18 divisional matchup. The Browns come into the game with a record of 7-9 and currently sit in last place in the AFC North. At this point of the season, the Browns have been eliminated from playoff contention and only serve to spoil the Steelers playoff chances. On the flip side, the Steelers enter the contest with a record of 8-8 and currently sit in third place in the AFC North. The Steelers find themselves in a win and your in situation. If they are not able to get the best of the Browns this week, they too will be watching the postseason from home. With this being a well established rivalry, expect this to be a chippy game that comes down to the wire. 

Cleveland Browns Look to Take Rivalry Win and End Season On a High Note

The Cleveland Browns are coming off of a 24-10 win over the Washington Commanders. This is the best that Deshaun Watson has played since he joined the Browns, and it appears he may finally be back to playing at an elite level. He finished the game with 169 yards and three touchdowns on only 18 passing attempts. This was a great well rounded performance for the Browns, it just came a couple of weeks too late.

This week, they have a chance of ending the Steelers season prematurely, and this is a role they have fully embraced. Defensive end Myles Garrett said that he and the Browns live for moments like these. It is clear that the Browns will be ready to play the role of spoilers this year and will show up ready to play on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers Hope to Continue Three Game Hot Streak With Rivalry Win

Last week, the Pittsburgh Steelrs took a thrilling 16-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Despite the Ravens not having Lamar Jackson, this game still game down to the wire. However, Kenny Pickett really stepped up when he needed to and put together a drive that ended in a gamewinning touchdown. They will have to play at a much higher level this week if they hope to take down a much healthier Browns team. As previously mentioned, if the Steelers lose this game they are done. Along with winning their game, Pittsburgh will also need the Buffalo Bills to beat the New England Patriots, and the New York Jets to beat the Miami Dolphins. 

All the Steelers can control is their game, and they will have to play at their best to take down the Browns. Pickett will once again have to put the progress he has made this season on full display. Along with this, as the Browns are starting to figure it out on offense, the defensive unit of Pittsburgh will have to be playing at their best to take some of the pressure off of Pickett.