Friday, December 28, 2012

Boomer Report: Browns end the season with a game in Pittsburgh

The Shurmur Era in Cleveland comes to an end on Sunday
over in Pittsburgh vs. the Steelers.
 The Cleveland Browns (5-10) finish out the 2012 season on Sunday, in what most likely will be Head Coach Pat Shurmur's final game at the helm. The Browns opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) will provide a stiff challenge for the Browns, who try to finish the season on a high, and win their 6th game of the season, the most since 2007 (10 wins that year).

Browns-Steelers rivalry

For the third year in a row, the Browns & Steelers
play each other in the team's season finale.
Cleveland Browns (5-10) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) Game Preview

The Browns find themselves in a position to yet again archieve something this season, that hasn't happened for a long time. With a win Sunday afternoon over in Pittsburgh, the Browns would sweep the Steelers this season, for the 1st time since 1988. What was sort of a feel-good story during the teams three-game winning streak earlier this month, the Browns have reverted back to old form in the last two weeks. Being outscored by the Redskins & Broncos by a total of 72 to 33. Now, the Steelers find themselves in rare air also, after being eliminated last week from the playoffs, when they dropped a home game to the Cincinnati Bengals 13-10. The first meeting back on November 25th, Week 12 the Browns forced 8 turnovers, and came away with a 20-14 victory over Pittsburgh. Big Ben was inactive for that game due to a shoulder injury, as journeymen Charlie Batch filled in on his behalf. The Browns could be in a similar situtation on Sunday, as both starting QB Brandon Weeden & back-up Colt McCoy status' are uncertain after sitting out practice on Wednesday. It would be great to see the Browns pull off another one vs. the Steelers, especially in Pittsburgh, a place the Browns haven't won, since a Sunday Nighter back in October of 2003.

Side note: With the win back in November, that was just the Browns second win in the last 18 meetings, as the Steelers are 21-3 since 2001 in the series.