Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Official Game Thread

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CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-11) WEEK 17 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-4)
VS.
Date: December 28, 2008 Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Stadium: Heinz Field
TV: CBS
Favorite: Steelers by 11
Radio: WMMS, 100.7 FM Over/Under: 33½
SBN Coverage: Behind the Steel Curtain Announcers
Gus Johnson & Steve Tasker

At least we'll have the pleasure of having Gus Johnson announce this game. Even if the game is meaningless, I can already hear Johnson screaming, "Gradkowski...TO EDWARDS! WOW!!!", for a simple 15-yard completion. I'm not doing a positional preview today, because it's not fair to try and compare the Browns with a Steelers' second- or third-string. I would expect Ben Roethlisberger to play one or two series before leaving and getting ready for the postseason. With the Steelers' depth in Byron Leftwich at backup, our defense will still have their hands full.

There are plenty of other games this week that have playoff implications though, which will still make it an entertaining football week. If you live in the Cleveland area, these are the games you'll see today:

  • Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh (1 PM on CBS)
  • NY Giants vs. Minnesota (1 PM on FOX)
  • Miami vs. NY Jets (4 PM on CBS)
  • Dallas vs. Philadelphia (4 PM on FOX)
  • Denver vs. San Diego (8 PM on NBC)

There is another game worth paying attention to in the box scores -- the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the Baltimore Ravens. For the Ravens, if they win, "they're in". I would love nothing more than to see the Jaguars upset Baltimore and cost them their playoff spot.

FINAL PREDICTION: Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Cleveland Browns 14.
The Steelers' second stringers have a lot of fire in them, and Heinz Field will still be full of fans eager to see the Steelers take out a division rival. The final score doesn't matter though, as we should all consider it a win that it will [should] be Romeo Crennel's final game as our head coach.

This is the official gameday topic for the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. All comments regarding the game should be posted in this topic. Enjoy the game, and GO BROWNS!!!

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