Daily Dawg Tags: Waiting to see who plays on Sunday

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The Cleveland Browns desperately need a win, and may get some help if the Pittsburgh Steelers decide to rest some players on Sunday.

The Cleveland Browns may be in luck this Sunday, as the Pittsburgh Steelers could potentially rest some starters in the season finale.

The Steelers can still clinch the top overall seed in the AFC playoffs with a win and a New England Patriots loss, but that would require the New York Jets to pull off a miracle. I don’t see that happening.

No decision has been made yet, but the starters resting doesn’t ensure a victory, especially after fans saw Landry Jones beat the Browns a year ago. At least the team had a win at that point.

No matter who lines up for the Steelers, the Browns are going to remain major underdogs. This is still a road game for an 0-15 team with a rookie quarterback. And after being dismantled by the Chicago Bears, confidence isn’t too high.

But who knows? Maybe Hue Jackson can rally his guys and pick up his second straight 1-15 season, cancelling the parade and restoring order to the city. But it is no secret that any Browns victory over the Steelers is a miracle. Expecting one given these current circumstances may be in the realm of fantasy.

I doubt Mike Tomlin or anyone on that Pittsburgh sideline wants to lose to the Browns before heading into the postseason, so it will be interesting to see his plans for Sunday.

We take a look at this and more in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

Browns and Steelers in Week 17 a familiar sight

"The Cleveland Browns playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17 has become commonplace. What comes next, however, may not be to head coach Hue Jackson’s liking."

DeShone Kizer likely will not get a second chance in 2018

"Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer could benefit from a coaching change, but the arrival of a first-round quarterback in 2018 will render that moot."

Hue Jackson prepared to fulfill promise, jump in lake (PFT)

"Hue Jackson promised that the Browns wouldn’t go 1-15 again this year, and that if they did he’d jump into Lake Erie."

Duke Johnson turns TD celebrations into prayers for Ryan Shazier (ESPN)

"Duke Johnson has bypassed a touchdown celebration in recent weeks."

NFL news:

NFL playoff scenarios, Week 17: Falcons, Seahawks fighting for spot (FanSided)

"There’s one Sunday and 16 regular-season games remaining in 2017. Who’s in and who’s can still get in when it comes to this season’s NFL playoffs?"

James Harrison says he asked for release three times (NFL.com)

"James Harrison’s exit was surprising to everyone but his teammates, who spent much of Wednesday’s media availability slinging blunt takes about the departed linebacker, with some coming off more personal than others."