Pittsburgh Steelers: Keys to Sweeping the Cleveland Browns

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Keys to Sweeping the Cleveland Browns
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What seemed like an eternity for it to all get started, the 2011 Pittsburgh Steelers regular season will come to a close late Sunday afternoon as they face the Cleveland Browns.

Though the Steelers have already clinched a playoff spot, the game is still of utmost importance as the Steelers could still earn a first-round bye if they get some help in the form of the Cincinnati Bengals defeating the Baltimore Ravens.

As it stands now, there are three clear favorites in the AFC with the Steelers, Ravens and New England Patriots. The winner of the AFC North will gain a huge edge with a bye week and at least one home game.

Pittsburgh wants that and they have to take care of their own business first and foremost. Cleveland will not be easy as the Steelers had a close 14-3 win at Heinz Field earlier this season. However, if history repeats itself, the Steelers do quite well in late season games against the Browns.

In 2005, Pittsburgh closed out their road schedule with a dominating 41-0 victory over the Browns. Pittsburgh shut out the Browns 31-0 at home in their final game of 2008 and had an impressive 41-9 victory at Cleveland in last year's regular season finale. Ironically, each year the Steelers made the Super Bowl.

Here are the keys to the Steelers earning a season sweep of the Browns.

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