PREVIEW Browns vs. Steelers



Records: Cleveland is 9-7, Pittsburgh is 10-5-1.
Time: 1 p.m. today.
TV/radio: CBS channels WKBN (27), WOIO (19), KDKA (2); WKBN-AM (570), WBBW-AM (1240), WNCD-FM (93.3), WBBG-FM (106.1).
Series history: Browns lead series 54-47 (including playoffs); Steelers lead 6-2 vs. new Browns. Steelers beat Browns 23-20 at Cleveland, Nov. 3. In last postseason meeting, Steelers beat Browns 29-20 at Pittsburgh, Jan. 7, 1995.
Last week: Browns beat Falcons 24-16; Steelers beats Ravens 34-31.
Rankings: Browns offense (rush 23, pass 18, overall 23); Browns defense (rush 27, pass 15, overall 21); Steelers offense (rush 9, pass 7, overall 5); Steelers defense (rush 1, pass 20, overall 7).
Key matchup: Pittsburgh defensive front vs. Cleveland backup QB Kelly Holcomb and RB William Green. Steelers led AFC with 50 sacks, 19 in last four games. Frontline also has allowed just 68.8 yards rushing per game over last four games.
Streaks, stats and notes: Cleveland was 8-4 against common opponents, while Pittsburgh went 8-3-1. Former Browns franchise was 11-19 in postseason, while Steelers are 22-16. ... These Browns are making first postseason appearance. ... After starting season 2-4, Browns have won seven of last 10. ... Browns finished tied with Tampa Bay for NFL's best road record (6-2). ... Holcomb was 64 of 106, 790 yards, eight TDs, four INTs. Holcomb started Cleveland's first two games (1-1) while Tim Couch was recovering from elbow injury. Couch is out with broken leg. ... Over last seven games, Green has rushed for 726 yards (4.2 average) and five TDs. ... Browns defense is AFC's best inside red zone, allowing 19 TDs on 55 trips (34.5 percent). It has denied points on 16 of 55 possessions (29 percent) inside its 20. ... Coach Butch Davis is 0-4 vs. Steelers.
-- Associated Press

More like this from vindy.com

Subscribe Today

Sign up for our email newsletter to receive daily news.

Want more? Click here to subscribe to either the Print or Digital Editions.

AP News