The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers will close out their disappointing seasons playing against each other in Week 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm EST from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. CBS will carry the game.
Cleveland will be starting Thad Lewis in his first NFL start. Worst for the Browns is the absence of Trent Richardson who will be spelled by Montario Hardesty.
The Steelers saw their hopes for a playoff birth end last week with a loss to Cincinnati. They have beaten the Browns at home in the last eight contests.
What is the spread in the Browns and Steelers game? There is no line currently for this game, partially due to the questions about who would quarterback for the Browns.
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“He’s been preparing himself to play all year,” Shurmur said of Lewis, who last started a game in 2009 as a senior at Duke. “What we expect is he goes out and plays winning football.”
Even a win may not be enough to save Shumer’s job as the Browns head coach. Owner Jimmy Haslam and incoming CEO Joe Banner have promised to revamp the Browns staff.
Pittsburgh is 3-5 in games decided by 3 points or less. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown game altering interceptions in the Steelers last two defeats.
The Browns got a surprisingly win against the Steelers in their first matchup winning by a score of 20-14. In that game the Browns forced eight turnovers.