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    Steelers a home underdog to Browns for 1st time in 30 years

    Steelers a home underdog to Browns for 1st time in 30 years

    CHRIS ADAMSKI | Monday, November 25, 2019

    There’s perhaps no greater indignity for the Pittsburgh Steelers than losing to the Cleveland Browns. Two weeks after just that happened in Ohio, the oddsmakers are predicting it will happen again in Pittsburgh.

    And that is rare.

    How rare? The most recent time that the betting line for a Browns-Steelers game scheduled for Pittsburgh installed Cleveland as the favorite, Chuck Noll was the Steelers’ coach and only five members of the current Steelers active roster were even born.

    The Browns covered the spread on Sept. 10, 1989 – easily. Favored by two points that day, Cleveland won, 51-0, at Three Rivers Stadium.

    In the 30 years since, the Browns have played in Pittsburgh 27 times (including the playoffs). The Steelers have been favored every time; they’ve won 25 of those meetings, too.

    But will that be the case Sunday? The Browns opened up as a one-point choice over the Steelers in the BetOnline.ag sportsbook. And research from BetOnline.ag confirmed that that hadn’t happened since 1989.

    Cleveland beat the Steelers, 21-7, on Nov. 14 for their first win against their Turnpike rivals since 2014. The Browns (5-6) have won three consecutive games and can tie the Steelers (6-5) in the AFC North standings and wild-card race with a win Sunday.

    The Browns haven’t won at Pittsburgh since Tim Couch was their quarterback – and before Ben Roethlisberger was the Steelers’ quarterback – in 2003. Cleveland won, 33-13, on a Sunday night in early October that year.

    That’s the Browns’ lone win in 19 tries at Heinz Field (counting a playoff game at the end of the 2002 season). Their only other victory in Pittsburgh since the 1989 shellacking was a shocking upset as a 14 ½-point underdog during their first season back in the NFL in 1999. Cleveland scored nine unanswered points over the final 5 minutes and 12 seconds for a 16-15 victory two months after the Steelers beat them in their return to the league, 43-0, in Week 1.

    The Browns have not swept the Steelers since 1988. The Steelers have 15 season series sweeps in that time and also won both postseason meetings since then.

    https://triblive.com/sports/steelers...e-in-30-years/

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    Browns CB Denzel Ward expects rematch with Steelers to be 'heated game' with 'a lot of trash-talking'

    Nate Ulrich
    The Akron Beacon Journal

    Most Browns players resisted delving into the psychological aspects of their upcoming trip to Pittsburgh immediately after they routed the Miami Dolphins 41-24 on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

    But Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward didn’t conceal his mental approach to Sunday’s rematch between the Browns (5-6) and Steelers (6-5) when he spoke Monday during a conference call.

    “I feel it’s going to be a heated game,” Ward said. “There’s going to be a lot of trash-talking. A lot of guys are going to try to get under your skin and do things to get you out of character. But we’ve just got to stay poised and focused on what we’re there to do and that’s win the game.”

    The Browns defeated the Steelers 21-7 on Nov. 14 in Cleveland, though the final score is far from the most memorable part of that “Thursday Night Football” showdown.

    The brawl that broke out between the AFC North rivals with eight seconds left in the game resulted in the NFL indefinitely suspending Browns Pro Bowl defensive end Myles Garrett for ripping off the helmet of Mason Rudolph and swinging it onto the Steelers quarterback’s head. During an appeal hearing, Garrett accused Rudolph of calling him a racial slur before the fight, and Rudolph has since denied the allegation. Garrett lost his appeal and won’t play again this season.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...nfl-topstories

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    i will admit that Baker's finally playing like he belongs in the NFL again.. when you have OBJ and Jarvis Landry, you can't struggle as a QB... like just get it to them...
    2013 MNF Executive Champion!

    2020 Draft
    2. Jake Fromm (trade up) - Smart, competitive QB falls to second round. Trade up and get this kid.
    ....
    TBD

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    Going to be an interesting game

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    I love being the underdog. Let's smash them. Crowd needs to be in overdrive

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    Browns media already talking smack about their team getting ready to dominate the Steelers for the next 10 years. There's a whole lot of pent up demand in Cleveland for a winning season.
    Steelers better figure out a way to win or those of us living within earshot of Browns fans will have miserable lives until the Steelers figure out the QB position.

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    Duck picks up the O somewhat; Steelers squeak by the Stains in the grudge match.

    Steelers 22
    Cleveland 19

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast View Post
    Browns media already talking smack about their team getting ready to dominate the Steelers for the next 10 years. There's a whole lot of pent up demand in Cleveland for a winning season.
    Steelers better figure out a way to win or those of us living within earshot of Browns fans will have miserable lives until the Steelers figure out the QB position.
    Rightfully so steelers got handled last game and in fear the same. Office full of browns fan and there stupid christmas ornaments... Im going put myown on there saying 0-16

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    meh, the Steelers were playing with half a team... CLE had their starting lineup on both sides. The game is winnable but the offense is so weak they cannot afford any mistakes.

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