The Steelers trip to Cleveland couldn’t come at a better time.
Fresh off of four-straight losses, including a gut punch by the Cowboys, Pittsburgh has seen better days. Quick trip to the factory of sadness should brighten everything up. The Browns have beaten Pittsburgh only three times since 2004.
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Throughout the season Still Curtain will team up with the opposing team from the FanSided Network to get a little intel and perhaps do a little predicting and/or trash talking for the upcoming game.
Today we have Thomas Moore of Dawg Pound Daily, the Cleveland Browns-themed site from the FanSided Network. Thomas is here bringing us the info on the Steelers and Browns rivalry over the years as well as his thoughts on Ben Roethlisberger and the Browns’ quarterbacks.
He also provides us with a prediction for the game with score.
Rumors are going around that say there are Browns fans looking to hold a parade to celebrate in the event the team goes 0-16. Can you confirm or deny and would you attend if there was?
Tom: Oh, it is true all right:
Looking to be in or get involved with the Browns Perfect Season Parade (0-16)?
If the Cavs winning Cleveland’s first title since 1964 was not enough to get me downtown for a parade (and it wasn’t), then a celebration of the Browns going 0-16, as much as it may hold some appeal, will not get me off the couch on a January day along the North Coast.
If you had a time machine and could go back and change only one thing in Browns history would it be preventing Art Modell from moving the team to Baltimore or passing on Ben Roethlisberger for Kellen Winslow Jr.?
Tom: The Move wins every day of the week and twice on Sunday. (Unlike the Browns, who can’t win at all this season.)
Not picking Roethlisberger was a mistake, obviously, but it is not as if picking Winslow was a bad move. Prior to his injuries and subsequent testicle-swelling staph infection, Winslow was going to be a very good player.
It is ironic that Winslow’s career was ruined by crashing his motorcycle while going about 20 mph in a parking lot, while Roethlisberger crashed his motorcycle in traffic on a bridge while not wearing a helmet and barely missed a beat.
What is the fan level of confidence in Hue Jackson knowing that he’s cool with his decision to have passed on Carson Wentz? Do you think they’ll draft yet another quarterback in the 2017 draft?
Tom: For the most part, the decision to pass on Wentz is not seen as being that horrible by most fans. The media, on the other hand, is a different story as they were fitting Wentz for a gold Hall of Fame jacket after Week 1. They also have piled on in recent weeks by acting as if the Browns were the only team to pass on Dak Prescott, even though every team in the league passed on him at least three times before Dallas picked him.
The Browns are never, ever, going to get anything done until they solve the quarterback problem and the answer to that riddle is not currently on the roster. So it would be a major surprise if they don’t take a quarterback in the draft next spring. The mystery remains when that will occur — will it be with the No. 1 overall pick or will they take a player like Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett first and then package some of their other picks to move up in the first round to grab the QB they want?
How in the world do the Cavs pull off the win when the Warriors had the 3-1 lead but then the Indians blow a 3-1 lead to the Cubs? It’s just too ironic, isn’t it?
Tom: Too soon!
Seriously, though, the Cavs won because they have LeBron James, and once Klay Thompson started questioning LeBron’s manhood, it was all over — the Warriors just didn’t realize it.
As for the Tribe, since they were playing the Cubs there was really no other way that series could have play out.
What is your prediction with score for the game?
Tom: The Browns defense can’t hold anyone under 30 points a game — they are on pace to set a franchise record for points allowed in a 16-game season — and the offense can barely score more than 14 points a game.
As bad as Pittsburgh’s defense may be playing right now, there should be no way that the Browns can keep pace with the Steelers offense. Pittsburgh 31, Cleveland 10