The Pittsburgh Steelers Should Not Take the Browns Lightly in Week 12

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent INovember 24, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers works the sidelines during a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a disappointing game versus the Baltimore Ravens that they could have won if Byron Leftwich had not gotten injured. That being said, a loss is a loss and the Steelers have no one to blame but themselves for their 6-4 record and second place spot in the AFC North.

The Steelers have had a bad habit this year and in years past of playing down to their competition. This season, that tendency has produced two losses, one to the Oakland Raiders and another to the Tennessee Titans.

They almost made it three when they barely beat the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime 13-10. Not only did the team look bad against one of the worst teams in the NFL, they lost Ben Roethlisberger in the process to a shoulder strain and dislocated rib.

The Browns are last in the division with a 2-8 record. However, they have played pretty well in most of their games despite the losses. The Steelers really should not have any problems with the Browns but they should not have had problems with the Raiders, Titans or Chiefs, either.

I hear all the time how Mike Tomlin keeps the team focused and disciplined, and yet how many times have they lost a lead late or just come out completely flat versus a team they should dominate?

Now I’m not here to put down Tomlin because I think he is a great coach. However, even with Batch as the starting quarterback, the Steelers should be able to comfortably beat the Browns. The only way this should be a close game is if Todd Haley decides not to run the football and if the team just doesn’t take the Browns seriously.