The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Cleveland Browns for the 133rd time on Sunday in their season opener, a series that dates back to 1950. The Steelers currently enjoy a 74-58 lifetime advantage over the Browns and in 22 games against Cleveland, Mike Tomlin has only lost three times, with the last defeat for Pittsburgh coming in 2014.
If Tomlin is to avoid the fourth loss of his career to the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Steelers will need a strong performance from the inexperienced James Conner in his first career start in the NFL. A revamped secondary will need to play better than they did the last time they took to the field in a game that matters and the run-defense must still prove they can tackle consistently.
For all the hype about Cleveland this offseason, they nonetheless return in 2018 with far too many of the players and coaches who went 1-15 and 0-16 in the past two seasons. Inexplicably, Hue Jackson was retained as head coach and, as long as he remains in charge of the team, it’s impossible to have any faith in the Browns’ ability to win a game.
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) @ Cleveland Browns (0-0)
Date: Sunday, September 9
Kickoff: 1.00 p.m. ET
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
Weather: Live weather update
TV Channel: CBS, broadcast locally on KDKA-TV-2 with Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians as commentators and Melanie Collins the sideline reporter. Check the national broadcast map to see if the game is on in your area.
Online: NFL.com Game Pass on delay in the U.S and live for international viewers or live in the U.S via a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket. The NFL Game Center will update the action on a play-by-play basis.
Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin as commentators and Craig Wolfley as the sideline reporter. Broadcast live on WDVE 102.5 FM and WBGG 970 AM in the Pittsburgh area and via their local affiliates. Listen online via Steelers.com and with the Steelers Official Mobile App. Alternatively, you can listen to a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
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Tight end Vance McDonald has been the only player included on the Steelers’ official injury report in the lead up to the game and Pittsburgh should have the rest of the entire roster available on Sunday. For some of the players who have carried injuries throughout the preseason like Ramon Foster or T.J. Watt, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see their snaps limited against Cleveland.