Can Browns fan make a difference in Sunday's game? Absolutely, according to head coach Mike Pettine, "The crowd was a huge part of our win against New Orleans and we're looking for more of the same."
Browns fans, Pettine said, were a big reason why he was so excited when he was hired as head coach. He told his team as much and that it is critical to keep the fans in the game. "We control the volume. When we're making plays and doing good things that place will be rocking," he said.
The Steelers, of course, come in knowing this and they'll try and take the crowd out of the game.
Pittsburgh buried the Browns early in week one of the season, and they will have the same goal, to quiet the crowd on Sunday.
The Browns want that to go the other way, defensive back Jordan Poyer said, counting on the fans to make life miserable for the Steelers, "When the crowd is loud and the offense can't make their checks, you get one guy on one page and another guy on another page, and their mixing signals, and boom they throw us an interception."
Blocking, tackling, big plays and turnovers, like in any game, will tell the story, but it always helps to have someone with your back. "It's actually like an extra player out there. When you're on defense and the crowd gets loud it helps us because it distract the offense," said linebacker Chris Kirksey.