Coming off of a huge victory over the Detroit Lions, the Pittsburgh Steelers roll into Cleveland, Ohio to take on the Cleveland Browns in the freezing cold. This AFC North matchup will be the first of the season between these two arch-rivals, with one still to take place. Both teams have had shaky seasons up to this point with a lot of highs and lows. Both of these teams need this game to be a high-point.
Both teams currently sit at 4-6, with the Baltimore Ravens sitting with the same record. The Ravens have a colossal matchup of their own this week as they go up against the team currently in the Wild Card spot everyone is fighting for, the New York Jets. If Pittsburgh defeats Cleveland today and the Jets lose to Baltimore, the Steelers will move up in the hunt.
For Cleveland, while they are currently the 13th seed in the AFC, this is a vital stretch in their season. If they can squeak out a win at home today, they face the Jacksonville Jaguars next week, a very winnable game. In two weeks, if the Browns are at 6-6, they will have a tough task as their remaining games are against the New England Patriots, the Steelers, the Chicago Bears and Jets. In reality, Cleveland can only afford to lose one more game, and if they drop today’s game, the rest of the schedule doesn’t look favorable for a win-out situation.
So, truly, this game is a huge one for both parties. And as they prepare to face off in the bitter cold Cleveland weather, which currently stands at 26 degrees (feels like 12), us fans have butterflies in our stomach for what will be a showdown between classic divisional rivals.