No matter their record over the past two decades, there was always that outside chance that the Browns might pull one off a win over the Steelers. But it’s been a long time since there’s been this heightened sense of urgency, and Cleveland looks to be more legit than it has in years.
You’ve heard it already: the combined record of teams the Steelers have gone 4-0 on are 3-15-1. Since the Steelers’ tilt with the Titans was pushed, the Browns are the most fierce opponent they’ve had to face yet this season.
But I digress. Here are my reasons for optimism for Pittsburgh’s first divisional outing of the season: