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The Cleveland Browns are used to having nothing to play for but pride against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This year, though, Pittsburgh is in the same boat.

The AFC North rivals each went through hot streaks this season. But those streaks weren’t long enough to earn them a playoff berth.

Here’s everything you need to know about this Week 17 matchup.

 

Which team is more likely to pack it in?

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Where: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.

When: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS, DIRECTV: 714, NFL Redzone or online at Game Rewind

Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 91 or online at Audio Pass

Betting Line: No line, according to Bovada

 

What’s At Stake?

Absolutely nothing. And according to Weather.com (trust at your own risk), it’s supposed to snow in Pittsburgh too.

Suffering in the snow for nothing is no fun. Well, for everyone except James Harrison.

 

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Browns Injury Report (via ESPN, as of Dec. 25)

Brandon Weeden (shoulder), QB, Questionable

Mohamed Massaquoi (knee), WR, Injured Reserve

Trent Richardson (ankle), RB, Questionable

Jordan Cameron (head), TE, Questionable

 

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Steelers Injury Report (via ESPN, as of Dec. 25)

Ike Taylor (ankle), CB, Questionable

Baron Batch (arm), RB, Out

Mike Wallace (hip), WR, Questionable

Heath Miller (knee), TE, Out

 

Fantasy Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em and Sleeper

Start: Cleveland Defense

The last time that the Browns played the Steelers, Cleveland forced eight turnovers.

Ben Roethlisberger has turned the football over five times in the past three games, so he is certainly prone to hand the Browns a few more.

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Sit: Trent Richardson

Pittsburgh boasts the No. 2 run defense in the NFL.

Richardson won’t find much daylight against Dick Lebeau’s crew.

 

Sleeper: Josh Gordon

While the Steelers also field the No. 1 pass defense in the league, their secondary has been susceptible in the past. And with Ike Taylor questionable and Keenan Lewis coming off an hip injury, the explosive Gordon could break loose.

 

What They’re Saying

According to Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal, after the Browns fell to the Denver Broncos last week, a frustrated Josh Cribbs reacted to some unsupportive fans by tweeting, “I see all the negativity on Twitter after I gave my life to this (expletive). So all who are against me (expletive) y’all! I’m still gonna do me!”

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer later reported Pat Shurmur said he advised Cribbs to avoid Twitter right after games.

And while it seems like Sunday’s game is meaningless, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Mike Tomlin doesn’t see it that way.

 

Browns Player to Watch: Brandon Weeden

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Weeden has had an up-and-down yet solid rookie season. It’d be a huge step in his progression for him to end the campaign on a high note against a defense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in yards surrendered.

After all, he’ll be 30 years old next year, so a quick progression is a necessity.

 

Steelers Player to Watch: Ben Roethlisberger

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Roethlisberger nearly single-handedly cost the Steelers the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also threw a costly interception in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys the week before.

Rust isn’t an excuse anymore. He needs to earn Pittsburgh’s trust back or this offseason is going to be a long one.

 

Key Matchup: Joe Thomas vs. James Harrison

Thomas is one of the league’s best blindside protectors, perhaps the best. Harrison is one of the league’s best pass-rushers, or at least he used to be.

Thomas’ ability to keep Harrison off of Weeden will play a major role in determining whether the Browns can move the football at all on Sunday.

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On the Hot Seat: No One

Mike Tomlin is a Super Bowl champion. The Rooney family wouldn’t even entertain the thought of putting him on the hot seat, let alone firing him.

And Pat Shurmur overachieved with this Browns team this season so his job is secure.

 

Prediction

Pittsburgh has too much tradition, pride and talent to lose four straight and back-to-back home games to close out a season. It will win in what is sure to be a battle.

Pittsburgh by 3

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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