Writer: Joel Cade
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Summary: The Cleveland Browns open at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the second straight year. Last year the Browns almost pulled off a major upset. Only a blocked punt returned for a touchdown prevented what would have been that team’s only win. This bit of history should make Browns fans optimistic with an improved roster heading into week one.
Improved quarterback play should be the difference this year. Tyrod Taylor specializes in being the antithesis of now Green Bay Packers quarterback DeShone Kizer. Unlike Kizer, Taylor specializes in avoiding turnovers. As where Kizer will lose you the game, Taylor will not lose the game. But he may not win it either.
The defense will have to have a strong showing for the Browns to compete. Second-year defensive end Myles Garrett should either have a big day or make it possible for others to have a big day. The improved secondary will be tested by an outstanding Steelers receiving group.
Pressure will be key if the Browns want to win. As of the time of this writing, the Steelers are without Le’Veon Bell. If he does not report soon, he may not play.
In all, the Browns can take this game but it will be close. The keys will be how the Browns offensive line can handle Cam Heyward. On defense, can the Browns stop the vaunted Steelers passing attack?
Final Score: Steelers 17 Browns 24
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