Cleveland Browns vs. Steelers Predictions: Can the Browns score the upset?

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Writer: Elliott Kennel

Game: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Summary: Is it possible for both teams to lose this game? Last year Le’Veon Bell held out in the pre-season and showed up at the last minute and gained only 32 yards on opening day.

This year he is attempting a repeat performance, and the results will be equally terrible. Worse, the Steelers are installing a new offense with a new offensive coordinator. That is an invitation for disaster.

The Browns are in much better shape than last year with veteran Tyrod Taylor running the show instead of the most inexperienced quarterback to ever start for the Browns (DeShone Kizer, who had only two so-so years of Major College ball to prepare for the Pros), not to mention the addition of a All-Pro receiver in Jarvis Landy.

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Plus the Browns have upgraded the defensive backfield, adding Denzel Ward, T.J. Carrie, Damarious Randall, and E.J. Gaines. However, this team has not yet learned to win, and winning doesn’t come easy in the NFL.

Hence the Browns will unleash a potent ground game led by two tight ends to supply extra blocking, and thus will outgain the Steelers and will lead in most statistical categories. But their lack of experience will lead to breakdowns on defense and special teams and the Steelers will score some cheap points on botched plays. Steelers Nation, instead of celebrating the victory, will demand that Tomlin be fired.

Final Score: Steelers 13, Browns 12.