This week has been titled “revenge week” for the SB Nation NFL blogs, where we’re tasked with thinking about how or who the Browns will seek revenge on for the upcoming season.
There are games that we will get very excited for, like taking on the New England Patriots and wanting to make a statement against the team that has owned the AFC for so long. I could circle back to Week 17 last year, because the Browns fell short against the Ravens, giving Lamar Jackson a 1-0 edge over Baker Mayfield. Ultimately, though, it still goes back to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Browns and Steelers squared off in Week 1 last year. With Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, the game finished in a 21-21 tie. Yes, the Browns long “losing streak” ended, but it felt so incomplete, especially since Cleveland had forced so many turnovers. When the two teams faced off again, Pittsburgh won 33-18. They did not make the playoffs, but in the final week of the season, they would have been in had Cleveland taken care of Baltimore.
The Steelers had some disarray this offseason, losing star receiver Antonio Brown. Ben Roethlisberger is still around, and it’s been way too long since Cleveland has taken it to the Steelers to such an extent where Pittsburgh fans can be agitated and realize that the rivalry is serious again.
Scheduling this year dictates that the Browns won’t face the Steelers until Week 11 (and then again in Week 13). By then, we should know what type of football team the Browns are — hopefully they are well in the playoff hunt, and Myles Garrett can especially exact revenge for his long-desired wish to take Roethlisberger down.