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A tough loss to the Ravens and a short week send the Browns to Pittsburgh in a Thursday night matchup on Dec. 8.
Again, the schedule makers forced a disaster on the Browns in the latter half of the season. Playing Pittsburgh and Baltimore back to back is difficult enough, but to play Pittsburgh only four nights after the loss to the Ravens is going to be an unsurmountable challenge.
The Steelers are the Steelers. One of the most hate-able teams in the NFL, the Steelers are the team that everyone wants to beat, and yet, not many can.
The Browns always have a tough time dealing with Pittsburgh, because quite honestly, the talent is way too much. Roethlisberger and the high-powered Steelers offense will be clicking on all cylinders, especially at this point late in the season, which is disastrous for the Browns.
Colt McCoy was pummeled in the last game of last year's season, suffering a 41-9 loss, which was his worst game of the season. James Harrison and the entire Steelers defense used McCoy as a punching bag, thanks in large part to John St. Clair, former Browns right tackle.
The Steelers defense continues to be loaded with hard-nosed and overly aggressive playmakers who will make this game for the Browns, a game they will want to forget. With a very short week to prepare, the Browns will be simply overloaded and primed for a beatdown by the Steelers.
The Browns will be overpowered on both sides of the ball, especially the defensive side of the ball, and won't be able to make this much of a contest.
However, it's not really fair to the Browns that their schedule came to this. But then again, things have never really been fair to the Browns, have they?
Prediction: Steelers 35, Browns 10