NFL Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns Injury Updates, Predictions

October 18, 2020 7:20 am

Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s return to fitness in 2020 has seen the Pittsburgh Steelers progress on an unbeaten 4-game run.

Head Coach, Mike Tomlin, will be pleased to see how his team has dealt with all the chaos surrounding the COVID-19 protocols. However, they have a tough bout at their hands as they prep themselves to take on the Cleveland-based franchise.

Kevin Stefanski’s debut season as NFL Head Coach is turning out to be one hell of a roller coaster ride. After a disheartening loss t0 the Baltimore Ravens in Week One, the Cleveland Browns have been undefeated in their last four league fixtures.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield looks to have rediscovered his form and will be key for the Browns, who are slated to take on the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Six game day predictions.

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Pittsburgh Steelers are eager to maintain their winning streak in Week Six

Confidence is running high within the Steelers outfit at the moment. After an extended break in Week Four, the Pittsburgh-based franchise made their way to a comfortable 38-29 win over the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend.

Rookie wide receiver, Chase Claypool, made headlines for his impressive outing at the Heinz Field. He will offer ‘Big Ben’ another option as far as their offense is concerned.

In addition to Claypool, wideouts Eric Ebron and Juju Smith-Schuster will also be key for the Steelers on Sunday. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and DE TJ Watt will be crucial in defense if they intend to stop the strong Browns offense led by Mayfield.

Will Baker Mayfield recover in time for the upcoming Steelers clash?

The Cleveland Browns outfit has been enjoying a positive season in the league after ages. Fans are pleased, the players seem to be focused and Kevin Stefanski sports a smile on his face.

This could be the season that the Browns return to the Playoffs for the first time since 2002. Quarterback Baker Mayfield, WR’s Odell Beckham Jr., and Jarvis Landry are all listed as ‘questionable’ in the latest injury report.

However, Stefanski hinted that the trio will be part of the starting line-up in an earlier interview. In defense, the likes of Myles Garrett, BJ Goodson, and Karl Joseph will need to be alert in order to thwart the Steelers offense.

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NFL Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns Injury Updates

Pittsburgh – Out

WR Diontae Johnson – Back

G David DeCastro – Abs

Cleveland – Out

S Ronnie Harrison – Concussion

S Karl Joseph – Hamstring

LB Jacob Phillips – Knee
G Wyatt Teller – Calf


WR Odell Beckham Jr. – Illness

P Jamie Gillian – Left Groin

WR Jarvis Landry – Hip/Ribs

QB Baker Mayfield – Chest

DT Larry Ogunjobi – Abdomen

DE Olivier Vernon – Groin

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Steelers vs Browns Prediction

Pittsburgh Steelers 28 – 33 Cleveland Browns

Sep 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) and tight end Eric Ebron (85) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrate a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

We’re going to back Baker Mayfield and Co. for this one. Both teams are ‘hot’ at the moment, but we feel like the Browns have an added edge heading into this tie.

They’ve been criticized and ridiculed for a long time now. They seem determined to silence all the naysayers once and for all.

A win against Mike Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers will certainly send their rivals a strong message. Of course, ‘Big Ben’ might have plans of his own, though.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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