Browns vs Steelers: NFL Week 8 preview and prediction

Sunday, Cleveland browns take the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 8. Below we analyze some pros, cons or general thoughts about both teams before moving on to our predictions for the game.

Game analysis

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Regain health

  • Unfortunately, it seems like every week I have to start my discussions with an injury update. Here’s the good news: QB Baker Mayfield, RB Nick chubb, and RT Jack Conklin will all come back against the Steelers. It will also be the first time this season that Mayfield will play with WR Odell beckham and WR Jarvis landry on the ground at the same time.
  • Do not diminish the importance of other absent players (RB Kareem Hunting and WR Donovan-People Jones) on offense, but having the offensive line at full strength is the # 1 reason I’m optimistic for Sunday. They block at such a high level in passing protection and on the pitch that it opens everything up for Kevin stefanski.
  • In defense, CB Denzel neighborhood is out, which means CB Greedy williams will start alongside rookie CB Greg Newsome. The player I watch the most is DE Jadeveon clowney. He hasn’t trained all week as he battles a bunch of different throbbing injuries, but defensive coordinator Joe woods seemed optimistic that he will play on Sunday. Hope this is just a case where the team puts him down for game day.

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Winning in the Trenches

  • It’s a game that, just like last week against the Broncos, Cleveland should have a big advantage in the trenches. The weather might not be the best for casting conditions either.
  • In addition to the Browns’ full-strength offensive line and the league’s lead in point blocking, the Pittsburgh defensive line has become their weak spot this year. Injuries forced the rotating players to see too much playing time up front, and the teams were able to take advantage of it. As much as we liked Joe schobert when he was also on the Browns, he often failed to be a game-changer. If the Browns manage to move up regularly to the second level on the field, I see it as a more than Nick chubb and By Ernest Johnson have only to face Schobert. Either way, however, you still need to be careful about where TJ Watt is on the ground.
  • Pittsburgh has redesigned its offensive line this year, which doesn’t seem like the best thing to do when Ben roethlisberger is slower and already takes too many hits. The line has had a rough start to the season, but has been improving over the past two weeks. Nevertheless, the overall experience of this group seems to give a significant advantage to Myles Garrett and Clowney, as well as Malik McDowell disrupt ground games.

Quick hitters

  • Hopefully Freezing Cold Takes doesn’t laugh at this, but Roethlisberger throwing the ball into the field isn’t too much of a concern to me. Now, of course, the other factors associated with that still worry me: like interference penalties for gift cards, or our securities getting confused again.
  • The last few times we’ve seen Roethlisberger, however, he’s not the same quarterback with his decision-making. He doesn’t trust his protection enough and often seems to miss defenders who fall right in front of him, which can lead to interceptions or downhill passes.
  • Is it fun that this game falls on Halloween? It is also the first game of the year with AFC North for Cleveland, which makes it all the more important.
  • According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Browns are favorites with 4.5 points against the Steelers on Sunday.


Here are the predictions of several DBN staff.

Chris Pokorny: “It wasn’t that long ago that the Browns were considered Supper bowl contenders, and the Steelers were fading away as one of the worst teams in the NFL. Pittsburgh still has talent that will keep them from getting out of hand, but wins over Teddy Bridgewater and Geno Smith over the past two weeks don’t make me believe they’ve turned the tide. The Steelers offense won’t be able to do much that day before racking up a few points behind, while Cleveland dominates the field. Bruns 27, Steelers 17

Rufio: “It’s time for us to metaphorically bury this generation of Steelers. I think we see this game play out a bit like the Broncos game: we get back to basics on the pitch, and our defense shows up. If our offensive tackles can play, we can do it on anyone. If Nick can dress up, then we can spread the ball some more.

In the end, I think the team is building up with a limited Baker and we have a 21-17 Browns win that isn’t as close as the score seems to indicate. Browns 21, Steelers 17

Barry Shuck: “I love the Browns in this game and I’ll tell you why: the racing game. They are good at passing and have the horses to do a lot of pushing to hit their 10 sacks. Pittsburgh is penultimate in the race while Cleveland is number 1 and is the best on average in yards per carry at 5.3. The Stefanski should kick the ball on most descents and should it be tighter since it’s the Steelers’ Achilles heel. The Browns are fifth in run defense and since the Steelers can’t run, that will play into game clock dominance. Pittsburgh will have to rely on Roethlisberger’s arm and those great receivers to lead the game. Big Ben has only pitched two picks all year and is having a good season. The Browns’ defense will need to send five guys each through to rush the big QB.

A lot of things depend on this game and more than just division enemies. If the season ended today, the Browns would claim that No.7 place in the playoffs while Pittsburgh is the first to come out. Cincinnati and Baltimore are starting to get ahead, so Cleveland can’t lose this one. I am going to this game with my brother so I will greet you. My first visit with being with “The Macho Fan” in section 115. Bruns 27, Steelers 17

Matt wood: “It doesn’t matter if it’s Baker or Case. The Browns are going to wage trench warfare in this one, just like they did against Denver. Remember the Broncos had the 4th ranked top defense in this game and it didn’t matter. The Steelers are retiring 4.3 YPC and they haven’t really faced a dynamic runner yet. When theeahawks came back in the game on Sunday night, they ran it. The Browns won’t suddenly think Geno Smith has to pass like the Seahawks and that will be the difference.

Defensively, I think this will be the first of many “I wish JOK would play now” moments after his injury. Najee will be a problem against our LBs in space, but the OL Steelers are a mess. Even with the fast passing game, Big Ben has been sacked 12 times and the running game is nowhere to be found. 3.7 YPC for the Steelers? The Browns control this game on both sides of the LOS. The dashboard makes it look a little closer than it used to be. Browns 31, Steelers 20

Ezweav: “As of this writing, it’s not clear whether Baker will play or not, and that makes a huge difference in terms of projecting the outcome of this game. With even 75% Baker, we’re a significantly better team. than Pittsburgh. We might still be without him, but Case Keenum – while he’s probably as good as you can realistically get, is still very limited in what he can do. As amazing as our racing game has been. summer, we saw last year against the Jets how ineffective he is without any semblance of a down attack, so if Case starts it will be an offensive fight.

However, in defense we definitely have the advantage. Their OL sucks and our pass rush is monstrous. We’ll do essentially the same thing to them as they would in Keenum: keep everything ahead and rally to whatever fast roads they have to go. Just because Pigpen can’t lift him deep doesn’t mean that he won’t be able to stand up straight in the pocket to let things develop.

So we’re a better team… with Baker. Without, it is tenuous. The best is probably to imagine the worst. Browns 20, Steelers 10

Thomas Moore: Baker makes a triumphant return to hand the ball 45 times as the Browns smash the Steelers into the turf with the running play. In defense, Myles Garrett makes Ben Roethlisberger regret not hanging up when he got the chance after the Browns spanked the Steelers in the playoffs last season.

Cleveland opens their AFC North account for the season with a victory in front of home fans before turning south to next week’s opponent in the Cincinnati Bengals.

Browns 21, Steelers 10

Who do you think will win, Browns fans? Let us know in the comments section below.

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