Myles Garrett: Browns vs. Steelers Will Be 'Defining Game' for Both Teams

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2020

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett celebrates after the Browns defeated the Washington Football Team in an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett told reporters Sunday's clash with the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers will be a "defining game" for both teams. 

"[A win] would definitely energize the fans here and the franchise," Garrett said Friday.

Along with being a game that could have lasting implications on the division race, it's also Garrett's first game against the Steelers since Week 11 last year when he ripped the helmet off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph and struck him with it, leading to an indefinite suspension that ended in February.

Although Garrett and Rudolph have provided conflicting statements about what occurred leading up to the incident, the Browns' star lineman said he won't be coerced into any altercations Sunday.

"I'm just ready to play [the length] the average play lasts. After that, that's on them," he said. "I'll walk away from any situation that we have, and whenever we're about to snap the ball again, I'll be there."

The Steelers (4-0) sit atop the AFC North standings, but the Browns (4-1) and Baltimore Ravens (4-1) are both off to strong starts of their own, setting up a race that could last the entire regular season.

Cleveland was blown out 38-6 by the Ravens in Week 1, but it's since bounced back with four straight wins in which it has scored at least 32 points.

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Those impressive offensive numbers will be tested by Pittsburgh, which ranks third in total defense (301.5 yards allowed per game) and hasn't allowed more than 29 points so far.

Another standout performance from Garrett on the defensive side would also provide a boost to the Browns' chances. He's recorded 11 total tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles in four career games against the Steelers.

Kickoff for Sunday's game is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.