Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6) @ Cleveland Browns (1-11) Thursday Night

Robert RamicContributor IDecember 10, 2009


This is a must win game for the Steelers to even have a chance to get in the playoffs. The game would mean everything for Browns fans and forget about this whole season.

Last week the Pittsburgh Steelers lost their 4th game in a row vs the Oakland Raiders, 27-24 at Heinz Field. Letting Bruce Gradkowski rip 308 passing yards and 3 TD's.

The Cleveland Browns found some daylight on offense while QB Brady Quinn threw for 281 yards and 3 TD's vs the San Diego Chargers defense. The Browns fell short 23-30 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The game also has the makings of being the coldest game ever in the rivalry, the latest National Weather Service forecast calls for it to be 18 degrees with a 54 percent chance of snow at 8 p.m., just before kickoff.

By 11 p.m., the temperature is predicted to drop to 17 degrees, with a wind chill of 3 degrees below zero.

Expect the run game to establish, Steelers Rashard Mendenhall will be a big factor in this one, for the Cleveland Browns it's RB Jerome Harrison who scored 2 TD's vs the Chargers last week.

A surprise player can be TE Evan Moore for the Browns who made his NFL debut last week after being activated to the full roster from the practice squad. Evan had 6 receptions for 80 yards in his debut.

And of course, QB Brady Quinn as he gets to develop and this is a huge chance for him to gain his respect from Browns fans while the Steeler secondary is injured, expect Brady to have a good game.

Hines Ward is expected to try to play the game due to a hamstring injury. No official word if he will start.