ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha writes in his latest training camp piece that the Steelers and their fans could be looking at a long season.
“The closer we get to this regular season, the more the Steelers look like they could be even less competitive than when they finished 8-8 last year. It’s simply their time to struggle through the same stretch of futility that hits every organization eventually.
Optimists like to point to how Pittsburgh historically has played after missing the postseason — the Steelers have made the playoffs in the season that followed their past three years without a postseason appearance. But it’s hard to see the positives in this bunch. The offense has quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a ton of questions. The defense is old and missing key performers from a unit that led the league in total yards allowed in 2012. Head coach Mike Tomlin remains among the best in the business, but even he doesn’t have the ability to create miracles.”
Nothing would make Browns fans any happier.
Since the team’s return to the league in 1999, the Browns have been depressingly bad against the Steelers. The Browns are 5-24 against Pittsburgh in that time. They have been shutout four times. There was a streak of 12 consecutive losses dating from November 23rd, 2003 to December 10th, 2009. The Browns have not beaten the Steelers in Pittsburgh since that win back in 2003.
Cleveland hosts the Steelers on November 24th, and then travels to Pittsburgh for the final game of the regular season on December 29th. Both games are 1:00 pm starts.
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