Just like last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers opened up as double-digit road favorites against an AFC North opponent. This time around, however, the Steelers will look to not duplicate what happened on game day.
The Steelers are currently favored by 11-points over the Cleveland Browns in s game that they must win in order to have a shot to make the playoffs as the final Wild Card in the AFC. As for the 3-12 Browns, they would like nothing more than to duplicate what the Baltimore Ravens did this past Sunday and end the Steelers season with a loss.
Back in Week 10, injured Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came off the bench after starter Landry Jones was injured early in the game to set an NFL record by throwing for 379 yards, the most ever for an in-game replacement quarterback, in the team’s 30-9 home win. Roethlisberger earned the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his magnificent performance.
The Steelers are 6-0 in Week 17 games against the Browns dating back to 2000. The Browns last win came against San Francisco 49ers in Week 14 as quarterback Johnny Manziel completed 21 of 31 passes in that game for 270 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. In the Browns last game against the Steelers, Manziel was 33-of-45 passing for 372 yards with 1 touchdown and 1interceptuibn