5 bold Cleveland Browns predictions in Week 3 vs. Steelers

Browns, Amari Cooper. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
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1. Defense keeps Steelers out of the end zone

So far, the Steelers have put up just 37 points in two games and they’re coming off a 17-14 loss to the New England Patriots. They’re sitting at 1-1, the same as Cleveland, and have also been in one-score games just as the Browns have.

Even so, their offense hasn’t been as consistent. Much of that is due to the struggles of Mitch Trubisky, who has completed fewer than 60 percent of his attempts for 362 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. He’s also still been unable to manage 200-yards passing in the first two weeks of the season.

Despite his poor stats, Kevin Stefanski isn’t taking Trubisky lightly. The Cleveland head coach said on Tuesday that Trubisky is a good quarterback while praising his athleticism.

While it’s true that Trubisky can do damage with his athleticism, Cleveland has had two games in a row where the defense was unable to keep their opponent from moving the ball downfield. They’ve also surrendered touchdown passes of 75-yards and 66-yards, which has led to a lot of criticism.

Playing a short week will actually help them as they look to build some momentum. With little time to prepare, they’re going to keep things as simple as possible which will help communication. With that being the case, it should come down to pure talent and the Cleveland defense has plenty of that.

This is why the final bold prediction is that the Browns don’t just win the game but that the defense leads the way, keeping Pittsburgh out of the end zone all night.