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Browns vs. Steelers: A rivalry fueled by the fans

15 September, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Jan 1 2017 Pittsburgh PA USA Pittsburgh Steelers center B.J. Finney prepares to snap the ball against the Cleveland Browns defense during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

With Myles Garrett out indefinitely with an ankle sprain, the Browns say they're taking a next-man-up approach until the rookie defensive end and first overall pick returns to the field.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft dealt with lower leg and foot issues at Texas A&M and tweaked his left foot this summer.

Again, I'm not in the least concerned with the outcome as Pittsburgh will win; I'll watch the game and only pay attention to how the Steelers will perform at a few spots.

Pittsburgh swept the season series from the Browns past year, first winning in Cleveland 24-9, covering at -8, then at Heinz Field 27-24 in overtime. He suffered a left foot injury in minicamp with the Browns in June and had to wear a walking boot.

The Browns hadn't had the No. 1 pick since 2000, and Garrett looked like a superstar in training camp and the preseason.

Coach Hue Jackson opened his news briefing by saying Garrett "was limited today with an ankle", but he did not provide any specifics about the injury other than to say the 21-year-old did not finish practice.

If Garrett can't play Sunday and misses significant time, it would be a huge blow to the defense and the organization.

The Browns and the Steelers first met in 1950 after the Browns entered the NFL fresh off dominating the All-American Football Conference for four years. He just loves the game and loves getting after it.

This year the Browns are being offered at +2500 to win the AFC North, +10000 to win the AFC and +30000 to win the Super Bowl.

Myles Garrett's vow to take down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might have hit a snag. "As I said several times before with not just his situation, these things happen in football".

A true sports rivalry can be more than just what score is when the final whistle blow. Pittsburgh's offense averaged 24.9 points during the regular season.

"You shouldn't be scared to take anybody down", Garrett said.

It is an extremely high expectation for the Browns to stonewall the Steelers offense and come up with big plays against the young, emerging Steelers defense. I'm sure that Williams will roll guys in to keep them fresh, and whoever has the hot hand will warrant more playing time.

"We'll see where we are as we move through the week", Jackson said when asked for his level of concern.

There is the part of me who wants to see the Browns get better and start to be more competitive so this can actually be fun, so Pittsburgh and Cleveland can truly give us something to pay attention to on the field.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns live, Steelers vs Browns live.



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