Tonight's game

November 13, 1995|By Mike Preston

Site: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh

Time: 9

TV/Radio: Chs. 2, 7/WBAL (1090 AM)

Records: Browns 4-5, Steelers 5-4.

Line: Steelers by 6.

Last week: The Steelers beat the Chicago Bears, 37-34, in overtime. The Browns lost to the Houston Oilers, 37-10.

Last meeting: The Steelers won, 29-9, at Three Rivers Stadium in an AFC semifinal playoff game last January. It was the Steelers' third win over the Browns last season.

The series: The Browns lead 52-38, but Pittsburgh has won four straight.

On the sidelines: Bill Belichick is 36-39 in his fifth season with the Browns. Bill Cowher, in his fourth season in Pittsburgh, is 38-22.

What the Browns have to do to win: The defensive line needs to get tougher. Cleveland has given up 4.3 yards per rush,

especially in the middle. Cleveland also has to find a way to stop Steelers running back John Williams on short-yardage, third-down plays. The Cleveland offensive line has to be able to pick up the blitz because the Steelers will try to confuse rookie quarterback Eric Zeier.

What the Steelers have to do to win: Quarterback Neil O'Donnell has to limit mistakes and the Steelers have to establish a running game. Pittsburgh also has to stop Cleveland's running game and put pressure on Zeier on third-and-long situations.

Matchups to watch: Browns offensive tackles Tony Jones and Orlando Brown against Pittsburgh outside linebackers Kevin Greene and Greg Lloyd.

Outlook: The Browns will play with a lot of emotion because they need this game badly, but O'Donnell has the Steelers playing well. Last week's win against Chicago may be the turning point in the Steelers' season.

Stellino's pick:Stellino's pick: Steelers 30, Browns 14 -- It's hard for a lame-duck team to focus -- especially when the other team's fans are wearing orange armbands to mourn your departure.

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