Browns-Steelers Capsule

December 28, 2017

BROWNS (0-15) at STEELERS (12-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 16

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Browns 3-12, Steelers 7-8

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 73-58.

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Browns 21-18, Sept. 10

LAST WEEK - Browns lost to Bears 20-3; Steelers beat Texans 34-6

AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 32, Steelers No. 2





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - AFC North champion Steelers can clinch top seed in AFC with victory and New England loss to Jets. Pittsburgh already assured of first-round bye. ... Browns one loss from joining 2008 Detroit Lions as only teams to go 0-15. ... Steelers have won five straight in series and have 32-6 advantage since Cleveland rejoined NFL in 1999. ... Pittsburgh has 10th season with at least 12 wins in franchise history. Browns have won 12 or more games in a season four times, only once since joining NFL in 1950. ... Cleveland has lost 13 consecutive games at Heinz Field ... Browns have lost 20 straight road games and 16 in row against AFC North opponents. ... Cleveland is 2-40 since last road win on Oct. 11, 2015. ... Browns opened season with promising 21-18 loss to Steelers, who got big play in fourth quarter from WR Antonio Brown. ... Despite 1-30 record with Cleveland entering game, coach Hue Jackson is expected back for 2018 season. Owner Jimmy Haslam vowed Jackson's return on Dec. 8, when he fired VP Sashi Brown and hired new GM John Dorsey. .... ... Rookie QB DeShone Kizer leads league with 21 interceptions. ... Browns have clinched No. 1 pick in next year's draft and own Houston's first-round selection (currently No. 4). ... RB Duke Johnson leads team in receptions (68) and yards receiving (618). Johnson and Herschel Walker are only backs in league history to have 500 yards receiving in each of first three seasons. ... LBs Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey enter finale tied for second in league with 132 tackles. ... WR Josh Gordon had two catches for 19 yards last week in loss at Chicago. Because of suspensions, Gordon hasn't faced Steelers since 2013 season finale. ... Steelers' Mike Tomlin's 115 career victories are tied for second for most wins for coach in first 11 seasons. Don Shula's 117 are tops. ... Pittsburgh uncertain how much starters will play. ... WR Antonio Brown is out with left calf injury. ... Steelers beat Browns 27-24 in 2016 finale with Brown, QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Le'Veon Bell all sitting. ... Bell is third in NFL in yards rushing (1,291), 15 behind Rams star Todd Gurley. ... Bill Dudley in 1946 was last Steeler to win NFL rushing title. ... Pittsburgh's 50 sacks are second in NFL (Jacksonville, 52). ... Steelers DL Cam Heyward's 12 sacks tied for fifth in NFL. ... Pittsburgh K Chris Boswell's 35 field goals are single-season team record (Norm Johnson 34, 1995). ... Fantasy Tip: Steelers rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has picked up slack for Brown. NFL's youngest player has 12 receptions for 189 yards in last two games and has caught at least four passes in six games he's been available.


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