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fordfixer
09-12-2008, 01:05 AM
Browns hoping to rebound vs. Steelers
The Associated Press

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/09/ ... st-Win.php (http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/09/11/sports/FBN-Browns-Must-Win.php)

BEREA, Ohio: Before Browns linebacker Willie McGinest decided that this season No. 15 in the NFL would be his last, he took several things into consideration.

He wanted to get back to the playoffs.

He wanted another shot at a Super Bowl ring.

And he wanted to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"They kind of run the division, which is no secret," McGinest said Thursday. "We want to change that."
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Embarrassed by the Dallas Cowboys in their season opener at home last week, the Browns will look to bounce back Sunday. They host the Steelers, their repugnant rival and the defending AFC North champions who have beaten them nine straight times and are coming off an impressive Week 1 win over the Houston Texans.

The first of five nationally televised games on Cleveland's schedule, this week's matchup with Pittsburgh is anything but ordinary. For the Browns, it's as big as an early-season game can possibly get. If they have any designs of unseating the Steelers in their division, they need to end Pittsburgh's dominance over them.

Now.

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who dropped several passes and a potential TD in last Sunday's 28-10 loss, was asked if the Browns "have to" win this week.

"Umm," Edwards said, pausing to perhaps choose the right words. "It would definitely help to come out and get a win so we can rebound from last week. This is a division game. It would give us a chance to go 1-0 in the division. It's a very pivotal game. It's a very important game. 'Have' is a very strong word, but it's close."

Browns general manager Phil Savage wasn't quite as reserved in labeling the matchup as vital. Although it's early, the remainder of Cleveland's season could hinge on the outcome.

"Nothing would calm the waters better than beating the Steelers," said Savage, who took over the Browns in 2005. "It's the biggest game of the year, and quite frankly it's the biggest game we've played in since I've been here. It's a critical game. These next three weeks (Pittsburgh, at Baltimore, at Cincinnati) really are going to define our season. The first one is almost a must win if you can have one in the second game of the year."

He's right. The Browns, who came into the season as a trendy pick to contend in the AFC after a 10-6 season in 2007, can't afford an 0-2 start not at home, and not with a schedule that includes upcoming matchups with the New York Giants, Jacksonville, Denver, Indianapolis and Philadelphia along with four division games on the road.

Cleveland is expected to be slightly healthier than it was a week ago. Pro Bowl kick specialist Joshua Cribbs should be back after missing last week with a sprained ankle, and safety Brodney Pool has been cleared to play after missing several weeks with a concussion.

The Browns lost safety Sean Jones to a knee injury earlier this week, and wide receiver Donte' Stallworth will probably miss his second straight game with a strained quadriceps.

Cribbs, though, should provide a spark. Last year, he returned a kickoff 100 yards against the Steelers in the second meeting between the clubs. That score put the Browns ahead 28-24 in the fourth quarter, but they couldn't hold the lead.

Cleveland's biggest problem in recent years against Pittsburgh has been finishing the Steelers off. The Browns have held double-digits leads that they've let slip away. They've lost 15 times in 16 games to the Steelers.

This week, the Browns are hoping to show that last week's loss a game of missed chances and missed tackles was not a sign of things to come. They need to prove that they are legitimate, that the TV network honchos in New York didn't make a mistake by putting them on in prime time on three Monday nights, a Sunday and a Thursday.

This weekend, McGinest, who won three Super Bowls in New England, will play in his 200th career game. The 36-year-old, though, wasn't in the mood to wax nostalgic about his playing days.

Not this week.

Not with so much on the line.

"I'm worried about Pittsburgh," he said. "I'm not thinking about retiring or the season or nothing else like that. Nothing else really matters right now. Our focus right now is on Pittsburgh. Not me, not 200 games, not me retiring. Pittsburgh."

rpmpit
09-12-2008, 07:51 AM
They can't handle the pressure of being the know-nothing media's pick in the North this year. After we crush them on Sunday night their season will be over.

RuthlessBurgher
09-12-2008, 09:50 PM
The Browns, who came into the season as a trendy pick to contend in the AFC after a 10-6 season in 2007, can't afford an 0-2 start not at home, and not with a schedule that includes upcoming matchups with the New York Giants, Jacksonville, Denver, Indianapolis and Philadelphia along with four division games on the road.

Wow...they have four division games on the road? The schedule-makers screwed them royally. Everyone else in the league only has three division games on the road. :roll:

Iron Shiek
09-12-2008, 09:56 PM
The Browns, who came into the season as a trendy pick to contend in the AFC after a 10-6 season in 2007, can't afford an 0-2 start not at home, and not with a schedule that includes upcoming matchups with the New York Giants, Jacksonville, Denver, Indianapolis and Philadelphia along with four division games on the road.

Wow...they have four division games on the road? The schedule-makers screwed them royally. Everyone else in the league only has three division games on the road. :roll:


:wft Seriously....does anyone double check their work. Or do they just print whatever the he!l they want...incorrect or not.