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Steelers 2015 Schedule: An early look at the Cleveland Browns

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The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North, but struggled against the Cleveland Browns. Time to break down the two 2015 matchups with the Cleveland Browns.

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A look at all of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2015 opponents, one team a day, leading up to free agency and the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers claimed their first AFC North title since 2010, but it certainly doesn't mean they had a cake walk through divisional play. The Steelers swept the Cincinnati Bengals, split the season series with the Baltimore Ravens and surprisingly weren't able to sweep the Cleveland Browns. The Browns were in the thick of things within the division as well as the AFC Playoff picture until things fell apart in the second half of the season. Where most AFC North teams arrows are pointing up, the Browns' are nothing but a huge question mark heading into 2015.

Cleveland Browns

2014: 7-9 (4th place AFC North), 2-4 within the AFC North, 4-8 within the AFC

2014 vs. the Steelers: 1-1

Pending Free Agents: WR Miles Austin, TE Jordan Cameron, DT Sione Fua, QB Brian Hoyer, S Jim Loenhard, WR Marlon Moore, DT Ahtyba Rubin, LB Jabaal Sheard, CB Buster Skrine, QB Tyler Thigpen, RB Shaun Draughn (RFA), S Tashaun Gipson (RFA), DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen (RFA), LB Craig Robertson (RFA), TE Andre Smith (RFA)

2015 NFL Draft: 12th and 19th (from the Buffalo Bills) Selections

The Browns are entering a crucial offseason, and they couldn't be in more disarray than they currently are entering the 2015 season. To sum things up, their star WR Josh Gordon failed yet another drug test leading to a year-long suspension, their 1st round QB Johnny Manziel recently placed himself in rehab, the organization could be reprimanded for sending text messages to coaches on the sidelines and free agents are starting to speak up about not wanting to return to the mess that is the Cleveland Browns.

Sounds exciting doesn't it? Browns fans have to wonder what happened to the promising start to 2014 which quickly evaporated as they faded down the stretch and finished in the cellar of the AFC North with a 7-9 record and missing the playoffs yet again.

The Browns are entering the offseason without any clue who their starting QB will be in 2015. Brian Hoyer is a free agent, Johnny Manziel did anything but give the front office confidence in his ability as a rookie and the only other quarterback on their roster is rookie Connor Shaw. In a league where you need a solid quarterback, the Browns are still desperately searching for their answer.

Despite those intangibles, the Browns seemed to have the Steelers' number in 2014, despite losing in Week 1 at Heinz Field. The Browns nearly pulled off a memorable comeback before losing 30-27 in the season opener. However, they would certainly get revenge for that Week 1 loss in Week 6 when they throttled the Steelers 31-10 in front of their home crowd.

Story lines will abound in Cleveland this offseason. Whether it is who will quarterback the team in 2015, punishment from the NFL for 'Textgate' or the ongoing issues surrounding the organization there will be plenty of Browns talk before the 2015 season officially gets underway.