CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Well, it's Steelers week, as the Browns faithful would call it. The Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers will play on Sunday for the first time this year.
The Browns are currently 2-7, losing their last four games.Despite losing Ben Roethlisberger for multiple games, they sit at 5-4 and in the playoff hunt.
Beat up quarterbacks:
Roethlisberger returned to action two weeks ago against the Bengals, but last week he would go down again with a left foot injury. Browns quarterback Josh McCown missed last weeks game against the Bengals with a rib injury.
Both quarterbacks are questionable for the game on Sunday. In the event McCown is not able to go, Johnny Manziel will make his third start on the season. The Browns are 1-1 on the year with Manziel starting. Last week Manziel's play looked promising in the first half, but after a scoreless second half and only completing four passes, the second year quarterback and the Browns fell for the fourth straight game.
In the event Roethlisberger is not able to go, third year quarterback Landry Jones will lead the Steelers. Jones has appeared in three games and has 456 passing yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Josh McCown did not take any team reps on Friday, all indications point to Johnny Manziel starting for the Browns against the Steelers on Sunday.
Going for back to back:
The Browns are looking to beat the Steelers in back to back contest for the first time since 2000 (won final 1999 matchup, and first 2000 matchup). The Browns defeated the Steelers last October, 31-10.
What to look for:
Browns pro bowl defensive back Joe Haden remains in the leagues concussion protocol. If Haden is not able to play, Tramon Williams or Pierre Desir will have the duty to go against one of the NFL's best wide receivers in Antonio Brown, who is coming off a 17 catch, 284 yard game against the Raiders.
Tony Zarrella and Bernie Kosar kick your Sunday off with Tailgate 19 on Cleveland 19 at 11:00 A.M. Joining Zarrella and Kosar will be Bob Golic and Chuck Booms. If you missed recent Tailgate 19 shows, you can see the highlights here.