By Tom Farmer
It’s my personal favorite week of the NFL season because its RIVALRY WEEK! More times than not, the last week of the season will match every team against a divisional foe and for my Cleveland Browns, it’s usually a big let down. The Pittsburgh Steelers since 1999 have dominated the rivalry 28-6. Even with the dismal play of my Brownies, I still feel like the last week against the Steelers is always a very big game for the team.
Like I said before, Pittsburgh has had very much success in the past 20 or so years with going to 3 Super Bowls and winning 2 of them. Needless to say, with Ben Roethlisberger at the helm of the offense, the team is always in the playoff hunt. As of right now, the Steelers are looking from the outside in as they eye that last Wildcard spot that’s occupied by the New York Jets. Last week, Pitt owned that spot with a 9-5 record but fell to the struggling, Joe Flacco-less Baltimore Ravens which meant that the Jets, who defeated the New England Patriots, swooped in and claimed that last Wildcard position. So Pittsburgh needs to win against the Browns and need the Jets to lose against the Buffalo Bills.
This means that your Cleveland Browns have a chance to play spoiler for our division rival. Unfortunately, QB Johnny Manziel has entered the leagues concussion protocol when he showed signs of a concussion after his defeat against the Kansas City Chiefs. Until further notice, it looks like Austin Davis will get the nod to start against the Steelers and they have no game plan against him so trick plays, going for it on 4th down and good defense could potentially sit the Steelers on the couch with us for the playoffs. That being said, I see Pitt winning 27-10 on Sunday, but will NOT get into the playoffs because the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets will win against Buffalo 23-17. Good luck, Cleveland…
… We’ll need it.