Browns vs. Steelers Thursday Night Football: Live Reaction, News and Analysis

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Browns vs. Steelers Thursday Night Football: Live Reaction, News and Analysis
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The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) will host the Cleveland Browns (4-8) at Heinz Field tonight in a matchup between bitter AFC North rivals.

These two teams are in totally different places right now. The Steelers are looking to solidify their grasp on the AFC North divisional lead, while the Browns are just looking for small signs of improvement on both sides of the ball.

The Steelers are coming off of a 35-7 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Browns are coming off a disappointing 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Browns have struggled all year on offense and have been terrible at stopping opposing running backs. They have also done a poor job at protecting young quarterback Colt McCoy. Things will not get any easier tonight in Pittsburgh, as they face the No. 1 defense in the NFL.

Pittsburgh has also struggled to protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger due to numerous injuries on their offensive line. However, he has been able to continue making plays thanks to the many playmakers he has to throw to at wide receiver.

This game will most likely be tough for Browns fans to watch. One bright spot for Cleveland fans to keep an eye on is rookie DE Jabaal Sheard. He leads the team in sacks and forced fumbles, and he might be able to get to Roethlisberger a couple times because of the Steelers' struggles at pass protection.

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