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Old 01-26-2010, 08:06 AM   #107
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Default Re: 2010 Steelers Journal




When the Cleveland Browns travel to Heinz Field this sunday they will try to do something they have never accomplished since remerging back into the league just over 13 years ago. Take hold of 1st place in the AFC North.

The Browns are coming off a big win against Atlanta and in consecutive weeks they valiantly crushed the Jets and the Patriots and whooped the Ravens 33-6 in the season opener.

There opening first half schedule isn't easy as they face the Ravens next week on Monday Night Football but it's evident that the team are balling right now and will ride into Pittsburgh full of momentum whom they swept for the first time in season history in 2009 and a season later a second time.

Pittsburgh are coming off wins against a strong opening schedule with wins against Cincinnati, New Orleans, Atlanta and New England, they beat there opponents a combined points total of 134-87.

Whilst the Cleveland Offense has struggled to get going they are putting up more points on the board and gaining 292 yards per game opposed to the 303.5 yards the 6-0 Pittsburgh Steelers have produced. That isn't the main part of the problem that needs solving if the Browns are to beat the Steelers as the defense has only given up one 300 yard game this year and are only giving up 221.6 yards per game. What's more frightening is that whilst the Patriots put up 200 yards during the first quarter, Mike Tomlin and Jerry Gray made such changes they only allowed 102 total yards in the second quarter. The offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers might of posted 500 total yards but the running backs 6 fumbles nearly cost them a victory.

It won't be snowing so expect Ben Roethlisberger to test Cleveland Browns corners Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald and Ras I Dowling.

*Fact of the Day*
Troy Smith has played for 3 teams, he is currently playing for the Cleveland Browns, his other two teams he has played for have been Baltimore (2007-2009) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010). This makes him the only Quarterback in the league to play his entire career in the AFC North division.
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