Cleveland-Pittsburgh: Don't Bury the Browns Just Yet

gary wertmanCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2010

DETROIT - AUGUST 28: Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns throws a fourth quarter pass while playing the Detroit Lions in a preseason game on August 28, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday in Pittsburgh. They are 14-point underdogs mainly because they will be starting rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. It will be his first game action in the NFL.

With both Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme on the shelf with high ankle sprains, most experts think the Browns have no chance. McCoy will be seeing his first action as an NFL quarterback.

What we do know is the Browns defense has played pretty well this year. While Cleveland is 1-4, they have been in every game. If you could take away three interceptions, they could easily be 3-2 or 4-1. Interceptions that weren’t thrown by McCoy.

I’m not saying McCoy is better than Delhomme or Wallace. I’m not sure how he will do. He could surprise a lot of people and give the offense a much-needed spark.

McCoy is accurate, intelligent and mobile. A big key will be if the Browns allow him to get them out of bad plays. If McCoy is given the freedom to change plays at the line, the offense has a chance. If not, Pittsburgh will blitz them off the field.

Look for more of Josh Cribbs this week, be it running or pass-catching. I keep saying this every week: Cribbs along with Peyton Hillis and tight ends Ben Watson and Evan Moore should have a busy day in Pittsburgh. Ball control is a must.

Another Browns player to watch is wide receiver Chansi Stuckey. He is becoming a nice possession receiver.

While I think the Browns defense will hold their own, the offense will need to put together enough drives to keep them rested. If they can, they will have a chance.  That’s more than the experts are giving them.

Prediction: The glass is always half full when it comes to me and the Browns' chances of getting a win.

Cleveland 17, Pittsburgh 16

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