Writer: Shane Carter
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Brown
Summary: The Cleveland Browns have been the talk of the off-season. New general manager new quarterbacks, basically a brand-new team and they’re the focus of HBO’s critically acclaimed “Hard Knocks” this season. The added attention from that camera crew was a positive and negative for the Browns. They may have gotten more fans out of it, but now expectations could be higher than ever.
Expectations are also high for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have had their own stories to follow this offseason. The biggest two off-season stories have been the recovery of star linebacker Ryan Shazier, and the contract talks of (for now) Steelers running back, Le’Veon Bell.
The Browns look like they’re on the rise and Pittsburgh could be on the way down. The Browns defense this season is much better than Pittsburgh’s but there’s a big hurdle in the way: Quarterback.
The Steelers have a better quarterback and overall offense across the board. The Browns may have new, fun skill position players who will get this team a few wins, but this won’t be one of them. At least, not this time as the Steelers notch a win.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 27 Browns 17