Steelers Vs. Browns: Game Preview, Prediction and Preface

Jack BurtonContributor IIOctober 17, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 28:  Willie Parker #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball during the game against the Cleveland Browns on December 28, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

This week in Cleveland they call this 'Steelers Week'.  You know what they call it in Pittsburgh?  Week 6.  Once a heated rivalry, it's become outright pathetic.  It's quite impressive, considering just how much the NFL is designed to make bad teams good and good teams bad, just how consistently terrible the Cleveland Browns are.  To think if they were smart they could have drafted Ben Roethlisberger

Looking at Cleveland it seems like they are in a perpetual state of rebuilding.  They just can't seem to lay that first block.  Whatever talent they do pickup, for some reason or another, can't seem to produce while in Cleveland (Who wants to bet Braylon Edwards will have a great career as a New York Jet?) 

But, if there was a game where the impossible could happen, it's this one.  The Cleveland Browns always play Pittsburgh the best they can (which makes a lot of their recent games even more pathetic).

I see this game being won by Cleveland last second, or won by us second quarter.  The Steeler's Defense seemed to get back on track last week recording 7 sacks.  3 of those were recorded by reigning Defensive MVP James Harrison.  Last week James Harrison had more sacks than Derek Anderson had completions (repeat that in your head a few times).

Our team is limping into this game.  We just lost one of our best players in DE Aaron Smith for the season.  Troy Polamalu hasn't played since week one, coming off a knee injury.  Rashard Mendenhall might or might not play due to illness.  We're not at our strongest.  Even more, Cleveland has begun to find a bit of a running game with the developing Jerome Harrison and the over developed Jamal Lewis. 

This could be a dangerous combination with the absence of Aaron Smith.  I don't think it's going to happen, but it is a possibility and I want people mentally prepared because Cleveland is certainly due. 

I want to hear everybody's final score. 

I got Pittsburgh,  31-9.

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