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Steelers vs. Browns first half open thread

Playoff like atmosphere in Cleveland in terms of the weather, at least. Two teams fighting to stay relevant in Week 12 of the NFL season.

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Two teams with struggling offenses square off from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

The visiting Steelers are on pace to become the worst rushing team in franchise history, but the play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has taken Pittsburgh from 0-4 to 4-6, and one game back in the AFC playoff race.

The Browns are also 4-6, and also one game behind the Jets for the final wild card spot. They've lost four of their last five, perhaps not coincidentally right after the team lost QB Brian Hoyer for the season with a torn ACL.

Jason Campbell will start for Cleveland under center, meaning, the Browns will likely have to rely on their stout defense for a victory. In seven previous games within the AFC North, the home team has won all of them.

Remember to flip over to the second half thread, which will be posted sometime during halftime. We expect the thread environment to be a tad more heated than usual, but we ask all members to be courteous to each other.

We'll have the gamer as well as Winners and Losers posted shortly after the conclusion of the game, along with any other breaking news items or updates, so stick around.

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