Cleveland Browns: Predicting the final five games of the season
Week 18 Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
In Week 3, the Cleveland Browns had their first primetime game of the season when they hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was their first meeting after Ben Roethlisberger retired and the Browns had no problem getting a win.
While Mitchell Trubisky played well enough to keep his team in the game for the first half, even sending them to the break with a 14-13 lead, he struggled to do anything in the final 30 mins. The Browns were able to capitalize on his struggles, outscoring their rivals 16-3 in the second half for a 29-17 win.
Since then, the Steelers have gotten better. They enter Week 14 with the same record as Cleveland, both sitting at 5-7. They’re also coming off two wins in a row after beating the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons in Weeks 12 and 13.
They could have a couple more wins with the Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Raiders on the schedule but they still should finish with a loss.
Kenny Pickett has replaced Trubisky and is playing better, but he’s still a rookie. And by this week, Deshaun Watson will be entering his sixth week of action, meaning he should be in a rhythm.
Add in Nick Chubb, who has been lights out this year, and the Browns add another loss to the Steelers record. In the end, they finish 8-9 but it’s a much better feeling than they had a year ago with this record.
Prediction: Browns 33, Steelers 17