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Browns vs. Steelers 2014: News and updates leading into Week 1

Big Play Willie Gay strikes again

William Gay has faced his fair share of criticism over the years. But he's also stepped up at key moments to provide plays for a desperate Steelers defense. In Pittsburgh's 30-27 Week 1 victory over the Browns, Gay once again played a pivotal role.

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Steelers kick Browns: All postgame news coverage

A stream of all the news, features, commentary, analysis and predictions heading into the Steelers season-opening game against the Cleveland Browns.

A year meant a lot to second year players

With a large amount of disappointment in several of the Steelers veterans, the 2013 draft class played a big part in the 30-27 victory over the Browns.

Clutch Big Ben pass to Wheaton was an audible

Ben Roethlisberger has been quizzing his wide receivers and tight ends on hand signals and audibles for their no huddle offense. That work paid off Sunday with the game on the line.

Inside the locker room: Quotes after Steelers win

What was Brown's comment about his jump-kick? Who called for the fake punt? Was Wheaton's catch at the end of the game the play call? Dale Grdnic has the inside scoop straight from Heinz Field.

Injury Report: Shamarko and Archer injured in win

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to escape the preseason without any significant injuries, but after the team's 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns there were a couple significant injuries.

A Tale of Two Halves in Steelers' Win

The Pittsburgh Steelers did their best Jekyll-and-Hyde impersonation Sunday at Heinz Field vs. the Cleveland Browns. It was more than the strongest Steelers fan could handle from the eyes of JP.

Winners and losers from Steelers Week 1 win

A bipolar performance on both sides of the ball makes something of a muddled Ws/Ls list, but many of them are pretty self-explanatory.

THANK WHEATON

The Steelers blew a 27-3 halftime lead and grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat when Ben Roethlisberger hit Markus Wheaton on a pass across the middle with nine seconds left. It set up a Shaun Suisham field goal at the end of regulation.

Browns vs. Steelers first half open thread

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. from Heinz Field. If you can't be there live, stick around BTSC and share it with thousands of other fans from coast to coast.

Steelers inactives for Week 1 vs. Cleveland

A list of who won't dress for the Steelers' season-opening game against the Cleveland Browns.

Which Steelers to start, avoid in Fantasy Week 1

Getting off to a good start in your fantasy football league is important if you want to bring home the hardware this season. Here are some Pittsburgh Steelers players to start and avoid in their matchup vs. the Cleveland Browns.

Watch out for this man today

The second-year receiver has shoes to fill and burdens to shoulder, all within the shadows of injuries and large expectations. Add in a favorable match-up on Sunday, and it’s fair to say this might be a make-or-break game in his young career.

5 reasons the Steelers will beat the Browns

The Steelers host division rival Cleveland in Week 1. The Steelers are seven point favorites...and rightly so. Here's why they'll win their first season-opener since 2010.

How to watch Browns vs. Steelers

All the viewing and listening information you'll need for the Browns vs. Steelers 1 p.m. Week 1 kickoff from Pittsburgh.

Jason Worilds aims to prove his worth in 2014

Steelers OLB Jason Worilds signed his contract tender this offseason guaranteeing him at least one more year with the organization. He is now out to prove he is worthy of a long term contract by picking up where he left off in 2013.

Le'Veon Bell: Browns game a 'must win'

Le'Veon Bell is entering the second NFL season of his young career, but don't think the young running back doesn't realize the importance of winning against the Cleveland Browns Sunday.

Haley says Heath is ready to go

We heard some variation of that statement last year, even if it's being contradicted now.

Injury Report: Moore and McCain out vs. Browns

The Steelers will head into the regular season without starting wide receiver Lance Moore, but still remain a very healthy unit heading into Week one vs. the Browns.

Steelers current RBs 'night and day' from 2013

Entering the 2013 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers' backfield was lackluster and filled with unproven talent or washed up veterans. What a difference a year makes.

Mitchell feels ready to play alongside Polamalu

After a full preseason and training camp, Mike Mitchell doesn't think communicating with the all-pro safety Troy Polamalu will be an issue heading into the season opener Sunday.

5 questions with Dawgs by Nature

Cleveland and Pittsburgh kick off at 1 p.m. Sunday from Heinz Field. We asked SBN's Browns site five questions leading into the game.

Antonio Brown is the Steelers' 'big dog'

Antonio Brown might be the hardest working player on the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster, and that work ethic is paying huge dividends for Brown on the field.

Key match-ups: Joe Haden vs. Antonio Brown

Haden is one of the league's best and so is Brown. It's a battle every year, with Brown having gotten the better of Haden in two games last year.

Kelvin Beachum is the smallest starting LT in NFL

Size doesn't matter to Beachum. The third-year tackle has experience across the entire offensive line and is using technique and relentless film study to turn his weaknesses into strengths.

Injury Report: Lance Moore misses practice again

Veteran slot receiver Lance Moore is nursing a groin injury that has kept him out of practice all week. Moore's participation in practice Friday will be a sign of his availability for the game Sunday.

Inside the locker room: Big Ben's best yet to come

The Pittsburgh Steelers' franchise quarterback is about to set every record in franchise history a quarterback can hold, but it's the team's start to the season that Ben Roethlisberger is most concerned about.

Key Matchup: Markus Wheaton vs. Skrine / Gilbert

While most fans have heard about the Joe Haden vs. Antonio Brown matchup, the matchup on the opposite side of the field may have more of an impact on the outcome of the game.

Browns looking to exploit Steelers' run defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers gave up 115 yards rushing per game in 2013, so it is no surprise that the Cleveland Browns are determined to run the football in the season opener at Heinz Field this Sunday.

LeBeau offered to help Hoyer upon his release

He may not help him Sunday, when Hoyer makes his first start against the Steelers, but the Steelers defensive coordinator offered a helping hand to the recently released Hoyer in 2012.

Key matchups: Cameron vs. Shazier

The Steelers' first round draft pick will have to handle the Pro Bowl tight end Cameron in situations Sunday. It's a big test for him, handling the athletic and strong Cameron around the middle of the field.

Bryant, Moore miss practice Wednesday

Two wide receivers were down in Wednesday's practice, but it appears long-snapper Greg Warren will be ready to go in the season opener.

The Standard is The Standard: NFL Week 1

Jeff Hartman and Lance Williams meet up to discuss all the angles of the Steelers vs. Browns game Sunday.

Teammates say Pouncey's as good as ever

Pouncey told BTSC's Dale Grdnic he wasn't out partying last season during his rehabilitation. The work is paying off now and his teammates are taking notice.

Tomlin not surprised at inclusion of Manziel

The Steelers expect to see Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel Sunday in the season-opener. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will be ready, writes John Phillips.

Dri Archer is the Steelers' secret weapon in 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers' offense remains almost entirely intact from 2013, but there is one small difference that could make a big impact, and that is rookie speedster Dri Archer.