THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS

BY ADAM GREENE

In spite of what had to be the lowest ratings for an NFL game in recent memory last week, Amazon Prime remains is the only national place to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to their old rival, the Cleveland Browns, on Thursday Night Football as both teams attempt to pick up their second win of the season.

If you do have Amazon Prime, fantastic. I hope you enjoy getting NFL football, exclusive movies and shows and toilet paper shipped to you while you’re still on the pot. We truly live in the future.

This will be the 142nd all time meeting between the Steelers and the Browns. Pittsburgh holds a 79-61-1 edge in the head to head record and enjoyed the season sweep a year ago after losing to Cleveland in the 2020-21 playoffs. In spite of their lengthy combined history, that was just the second postseason meeting between the two teams. The Steelers won both games.

Their previous meeting was a 26-14 Pittsburgh victory on Jan. 3. Ben Roethlisberger (now retired) threw for 123 yards, a touchdown and a pick in the win. Najee Harris had 188 yards and a TD. Diontae Johnson caught eight passes, but for just 31 yards. He did score a touchdown. In the loss, Baker Mayfield (now with the Carolina Panthers), threw for 185 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Nick Chubb rushed for 58 yards and Jarvis Landry (now with the New Orleans Saints) caught four passes for only 43 yards.

PITTBSURGH STEELERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (-5, O/U: 38)

Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Broadcast: Amazon Prime Video

Kickoff: Sep. 22, 8:15 p.m. EST

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1)

After shocking the Cincinnati Bengals in the opening week, the Steelers suffered an embarrassing 17-14 loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday. Mitchell Trubisky threw for 168 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Harris rushed 15 times for 49 yards and Pittsburgh gained just 91 yards on the ground as a team. Johnson hauled in six passes for 57 yards. Trubisky was sacked five times.

The defense did not sack Mac Jones once, but did pick him off.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-1)

As bad as the Steelers loss was, it was nothing compared to the shame Cleveland should feel in a 31-30 come from ahead loss to the hapless New York Jets that probably murdered every suicide pool in America. Jacoby Brissett threw for 229 yards, one touchdown and an interception while being sacked once. Chub had 17 carries for 87 yards and three touchdowns. Amari Cooper caught nine passes for 101 yards and a score.

The defense sacked Joe Flacco twice, but surrendered four touchdown passes.

THE PICK

Pittsburgh can talk about opening up its passing attack, but this offense looks a whole lot like the one Roethlisberger ran last year. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Cleveland has no excuse for losing to the Jets, but can more than make up for it by sticking it to the Steelers Thursday night. Cleveland 23, Steelers 20

Last week

Straight up: 7-9

Against the spread: 6-10

Season

Straight up: 17-14-1

Against the spread: 15-17

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