The Steelers still have a shot at securing the top-seed and home-field advantage, but they must defeat the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, CBS, DirecTV). But there was no sugarcoating the season that just concluded, the second winless season in a 16-game season in National Football League history.
The Steelers are looking to cap off the 2017 regular season with a win over the Browns.
Kudos to Browns management that year for being brutally honest.
Smith-Schuster hauled in a season-high nine passes for 143 yards and a score. Finney's being evaluated. I don't have a lot of information there. "More important than anything is we lay a foundation of our plan and get going in terms of things we need to do to play well". We didn't finish. We'll wear it until we can take it off, but we'll take it off soon. I guess that's one of them things time will tell.
It's true that Hue Jackson had a good spell in Cincinnati as offensive coordinator, but AJ Green, Marvin Jones, and Mohamed Sanu aren't walking through the door when training camp starts, nor is Andy Dalton, Andrew Whitworth or Giovani Bernard. I think our players, I don't think this is where they want to be, and I don't think this is going to be like this.
Some things to look for as Pittsburgh tries for its sixth straight win in a one-sided series while the Browns try to avoid some unwanted history.
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On the positive side, the Steelers compiled six sacks totaling a loss of 42 yards.
"Obviously, they see something - I am very fortunate that they do - that I can lead this organization and this football team to where it needs to go". As a lifelong fan, I really shouldn't be surprised. Jones completed 23-of-27 (85.2%) passes for 237 yards along with one touchdown.
Even without starters including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell, wide receiver Antonio Brown - who were inactive as Pittsburgh prepares for the postseason - the Steelers moved the ball easily. A "Perfect Season Parade" is planned for Saturday, with participants marching in a counterclockwise circle around the stadium to form a zero.
But Smith-Schuster returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, the Steelers' first kickoff return for a touchdown since Antonio Brown in 2010. A 34-yard pass to tight end David Njoku set up a 5-yard touchdown pass from Kizer to Higgins, his second touchdown of the game. Pittsburgh's defense ranks second in the league with 50 sacks.
Ohio-native Jordan Uhl, a life-long Browns fan, seemed somewhat surprised by his team's historic accomplishment. Steelers C B.J. Finney left the game in the second quarter with an injured right thigh.
However, a late-season win over the San Diego Chargers saw the Browns finsh 1-15 in 2016.so the money raised was donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank instead.