NFL 2017 - Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Preview

The Lowdown

CLEVELAND BROWNS

  • Despite coming off a season where they only won one game, the Browns have some optimism that this will be a season of improvement.
  • The number one overall draft pick Myles Garrett is expected to be a key man for the side but he has picked up an ankle injury & is ruled out.
  • Hue Jackson has revealed that fellow rookie DeShone Kizer will be their starting QB for this opener so he faces a baptism of fire.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • The Steelers are highly motivated to put together another strong season and expectations are high to reach the play-offs and beyond.
  • They welcome back wide receiver Martavis Bryant after suspension and he rejoins arguably the most potent offense in the entire NFL.
  • With their relatively young defence a year older and the addition of CB Joe Haden from the Browns, they possess an extremely strong roster.

Analysis - what to expect
The AFC North kicks off with a divisional match-up which sees the Browns welcome the Steelers. Roethlisberger and company have dominated the Browns in recent seasons and with star defensive end Myles Garrett ruled out and rookie Kizer starting at QB, this will be a long game for the Browns.