The Pittsburgh Steelers scored a big home win on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams and now they’ll prepare to play the Cleveland Browns on the road and on a short week Thursday night. While the Steelers are winners of their last four games, the Browns opened Tuesday as consensus 3-point home favorites for the Week 11 AFC North battle, according to vegasinsider.com.
The Browns will enter Week 11 with a 3-6 record after beating the Buffalo Bills 19-16 at home on Sunday. The Browns scored what turned out to be the winning touchdown in that game with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter as quarterback Baker Mayfield connected with wide receiver Rashard Higgins from 7-yards out.
Fort the game, Mayfield completed 26 of his 38 total pass attempts for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception against the Bills and was sacked just twice. For the season, Mayfield has thrown for 2,201 yards with nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He’s been sacked 25 times.
The Browns leading receiver entering Week 11 is Jarvis Landry as he has 45 receptions for 652 yards and two touchdowns. Right behind Landry is fellow wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has 44 receptions for 632 yards and a touchdown on the season.
Cleveland’s leading rusher entering the Thursday night game against the Steelers is running back Nick Chubb. He has rushed for 919 yards and six touchdowns on 174 total carries. Chubb has also caught 27 passes for 166 yards on the season.
Defensively for the Browns, linebacker Joe Schobert leads the team in total tackles with 82. Defensive end Myles Garrett leads the Browns in sacks with 10 entering Week 11 while defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is a distant second with four sacks.
Four different players have recorded one interception each for the Browns while cornerback Denzel Ward leads the team in passes defensed with five through nine games played. The Browns defense has recorded just nine takeaways so far this season.
The Steelers and Browns have met each other 134 times (including 2 postseason games), with Pittsburgh winning 75 times and Cleveland winning 58 games. The two teams have also tied once and that happened in Week 1 of the 2018 season. The Steelers are 33-4-1 against the Browns in the last 38 meetings between the two teams. The Browns last beat the Steelers in Cleveland on October 12, 2014.