If you are trying to pick who will win this game based on the regular season play of these two teams, you'd probably have better luck just flipping a coin. First of all, they split the season series at one win a piece. The Browns beat the Steelers just last week but that was without Ben Roethlisberger as Pittsburgh had already solidified their seeding for the playoffs. These two also met up in Week 5 where the Steelers won in a 38-7 drubbing.
But that win might as well have been 50 years ago as the Browns have steadily improved since while the bottom has fallen out for the Steelers. They've lost four of their last five after starting the season 11-0. Their pass offense has been tremendous most of the season but has slowed in those five games. They will be pit up against Cleveland's two-headed monster in the running game between Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. This is the rematch we've been waiting for in what should be a potent offensive shootout.
What TV Channel is Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers on?
Browns-Steelers will be shown on NBC at 8:15 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Browns-Steelers
When: Sunday, January 10
Where: Heinz Field - Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NFL free with fuboTV)
The Browns week couldn't have got off to a worse start though after the season ended as there was an outbreak of COVID-19 among the team and staff. This included head coach Kevin Stefanski. Testing positive this week makes him ineligible to be available for this game. It's a devastating blow for this team that is making their first playoff appearance since 2002. The Browns were going to need all the help they could get as they haven't won a road playoff game since 1969. Three players have since been able to return from the COVID-19 list and the team had their walk through so the team will be close to full strength. The notable exception is Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio and of course is Stefanski. Both inactives put even more pressure on quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Stefanski should win the Coach of the Year award. In just his first season not only has he brought this team to the playoffs but Cleveland hasn't had a winning season since 2007 and are just four seasons past not winning a game in 2017. Stefanski was brought in from Minnesota as their offensive coordinator and got Mayfield back on track after a regression in his sophomore year under a failed experiment first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens. Stefanski has given this rich football city hope again where there's been little to grasp on to ever since Art Modell packed up and moved the team to Baltimore to become the Ravens in 1995. No one deserves these playoffs more than the city of Cleveland and if you're team is out and looking for an underdog to root for, you couldn't find a better one than the Browns.
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Odds
Browns Odds: +6
Steelers Odds: -6
Money Line: Browns +240 - Steelers -280