The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football in Week 17, Steelers Now has confirmed. The game will kick off at 8:15 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN. News of the game was first reported by Jay Morrison of The Athletic.
Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 77-61-1, but has dropped the last two meetings, including last year’s AFC Wild Card round matchup 48-37. The teams split their regular season meetings.
The game marks Pittsburgh’s second Monday Night Football appearance of the 2021 season, as the Steelers will also host the Chicago Bears in Week 9.
The Steelers closed their regular season with the Browns in Week 17 last year, but they will now have another game sandwiched between the Cleveland matchup and the start of the playoffs with the NFL’s expanded schedule.
After making the playoffs for the first time since 2002 in their first year under head coach Kevin Stefanski, the Browns capped off their 2020 campaign with one of the best offseason hauls in the league.
In addition to retooling their secondary with the additions of former Rams John Johnson and Trey Hill, Cleveland also drafted selected former Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II in the first round and former Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in the second.
Not only is Cleveland considered a favorite by some to win the AFC North, but they are also a legitimate Super Bowl contender in 2021.
The only game officially announced so far is the Steelers’ Week 1 trip to Buffalo. The full schedule will be released at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Reported Steelers schedule:
Week 1 at Buffalo Bills
Week 17 vs Cleveland Browns (MNF)