It’s been a season to remember for Ben Roethlisberger-led Pittsburgh Steelers and their massive fanbase. They started their campaign in epic fashion and made their way to an 11-game unbeaten streak. Critics even predicted that Mike Tomlin’s boys will match the 16-game unbeaten record set by the 2007 New England Patriots team under coach Bill Belichick.
But their winning streak was broken by the Washington Football Team three weeks ago. They went on to lose two more games, including one shock 27-17 loss at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals. But the Steelers confirmed a spot in this year’s playoffs by winning the AFC North title after last weekend’s 28-24 win over Indianapolis Colts.
But veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was given a head’s up by coach Tomlin after that win.
As reported by Steelers insider, Roethlisberger will not make an appearance in his team’s final regular-season fixture this weekend. The Steelers are scheduled to take on AFC North opponents, Cleveland Browns, at the FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. But it will be Mason Rudolph who starts at quarterback and not Big Ben.
What makes this match-up even more exciting is the involvement of Rudolph. He was part of this fixture last season which saw Browns DE Myles Garrett depart for an on-field altercation. Both these players will face each other for the first time since that unfateful game in Week 17.
The Browns still need a win to make the post-season so they will be firing on all cylinders. Coach Kevin Stefanski and QB Baker Mayfield are under pressure to up the ante, especially after the defeat to the New York Jets in Week 16. As per CBS Sports research analyst Stephen Oh’s projections, the Browns’ playoff chances increased by 11% after news emerged that Tomlin will rest some of his starters. For the sake of Cleveland fans, we hope these stats fall in line with Sunday’s result.