2019 NFL – Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers taking place? Sunday 1st December, 2019 – 21:25 (UK)

Where is Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers taking place? Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

What is the expected weather for Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers? 9c with light rain expected

What television channel is Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers on? Sky Sports will be showing live NFL games during the season so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers? Subscribers to NFL GAMEPASS can stream matches live on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers? Check Ticketmaster for ticket information on selected games

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Pittsburgh Steelers 7-21 Cleveland Browns

THE TEAM NEWS

CLEVELAND BROWNS

  • Cleveland made it three wins in a row as their hopes of making a late run into play-off contention were boosted with a big win over Miami but there will be big pressure on them to beat Pittsburgh after their recent clash which saw numerous fines and suspensions handed out.
  • The Browns were without safety Eric Murray and defensive end Olivier Vernon last week but there is optimism the pair can return in Week 13 although only the latter was able to return to practice at the start of the week and that was in a limited capacity.
  • Tackle Greg Robinson joined Murray on the sidelines and he is under the concussion protocol while the Browns also have a slight concern over wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. who continues to nurse a groin issue.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • Pittsburgh were far from their best but did enough to overcome Cincinnati and return to winning ways as they improved to 6-5 with the Steelers still in the mix for a wildcard route into the play-offs.
  • Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had a decision to make at quarterback for this Week 13 clash after Devlin Hodges came in for Mason Rudolph during last week's game and he has opted to bench Rudolph following some poor showings of late.
  • Hodges will make his first start in the NFL as a result and he could receive some help in the backfield with first-choice running back James Conner making a return to practice on Thursday and he should suit up providing he does not have a further setback from his shoulder injury.

THE PREDICTION

All eyes will be on this game following the unsavoury scenes at the end of their Week 11 contest. Cleveland came out on top in that game and there was little to suggest in last week’s respective matchups that Pittsburgh can reverse that form although a change of quarterback may just be what the Steelers need. Delvin Hodges did not turn the ball over last week and that could be crucial in his first NFL start but the Browns should still be too strong and are likely to pick up another win to continue their play-off charge.

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