On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns goes on the road to face the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. This match would feature the bitter rivalry between two AFC teams.
The Steelers are coming off a bye week after losing to AFC North leader Baltimore Ravens in their Week 4 match. QB Ben Roethlisberger was fully reinstated after his 4-match ban due to his personal squabble during the offseason. During his absence, the Steelers held a 3-1 record with the defensive team carrying the load.
With Big Ben at helm, the Steelers could now move its offense much faster and opposing teams would now have a hard time reading their plays. However, this is Big Ben's first game of the season. He might perform well during practices and scrimmages during his suspension but a regular game and atmosphere are quite different.
The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 20-10 loss against the Atlanta Falcons in their Week 5 game. The Browns are in last place in the AFC North with a 1-4 record. Their team is pretty much banged up especially in the QB position. They lost QB Seneca Williams in their last match and replacement QB Jake Delhomme was to slow with his feet due to his sprained right ankle since Week 1. The team is in a quandary if they would sign up another quarterback or let rookies QB Colt McCoy handle the chores against the Steelers.
The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Pittsburgh Steelers are the 14-point favorite to beat the injury depleted Cleveland Browns. With the odds against their side, the Browns must find a way to disrupt the Steelers' offense to have a chance to win.