The Steelers and Browns will meet at 1 p.m. in Cleveland at Cleveland Browns Stadium. That game will be broadcast on CBS, and as the lead to their 1 p.m. slate, Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, and Evan Washburn are slated to call the game. KDKA-TV Channel 2 will have the local coverage of the game. This is the same crew Pittsburgh has had for three of their last five games, as they called Pittsburgh’s games against Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Green Bay. However, this will be the first road game they are calling.
The Steelers offense will face a stout Browns defense. Pittsburgh is looking to continue their recent success, especially in the rushing attack that could lend their offense to ‘being back’ in some capacity. Meanwhile, they hope to get a passing game against one of the more well-rounded secondaries in football, but injuries to Denzel Ward and Juan Thornhill could hurt those prospects for the Browns.
Pittsburgh has positives going in their direction in that running game. But on the negative side, the linebacker room is going in the wrong direction. Deshaun Watson is injured and could sit out this game, too, which makes the flavor and feel of this game all the more odd. It’s a critical AFC North matchup, but if these key pieces are missing, and if Pat Freiermith and Minkah Fitzpatrick return, all those things get flipped on their head for Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
This season, Watson is 105 of 171 for 1,115 yards, with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. He has an 84.3 passer rating, a 44.6 QBR, and a 5.27 adjusted net yards per attempt. Walker has fared poorly when pushed into duty. He is 48 of 98 for 618 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a 51.3 passer rating.
Regardless, this matchup and the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals will go a long way to determining how the AFC North will play out moving forward.