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Browns Poised to Battle Steelers for AFC North Title

Matt MarcheskyCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2007

Icon Sports MediaThe Cleveland Browns are flying high after their shutout of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

They are the only team in the NFL going into week 16 injury free—and with the Browns' two remaining games at Cincinnati, and then at home against San Francisco, they will have an opportunity to finish the season with 11 wins, something the franchise has not been able to do since they re-entered the NFL in 1999.

Although Cleveland’s last two games are winnable, Pittsburgh’s final two games are winnable as well. The Steelers will visit St. Louis on Thursday night, and then travel to Baltimore in week 17.

Since both games are on the road, the Steelers will need to stay focused and avoid a slip-up, because that slip-up could end up costing them the AFC North and the number three spot in the AFC playoffs.

Cleveland has been averaging 350 yards and 26 points per game, and they will need all of that offensive firepower this weekend when they face Carson Palmer and the Bengals.

If they can get out of week 16 with a win, they’ll go home for their easiest game of the year against San Francisco, and then it’s on to the playoffs.

It will be Pittsburgh’s play  during the final two weeks that will determine whose fans will get to see their team at home in January.

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