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 That seems like a reasonable betting line Authentic Cameron Heyward Jersey , that is, until you remember that the number eight is only slightly higher than the amount of turnovers Pittsburgh surrendered to Cleveland in Week 1 at FirstEnergy Stadium: six. Six sounds almost like “sucks,” which is what the Browns have done a lot of in recent years—including the previous two seasons, in-which they won a grand-total of one game. But, regardless of a team’s talent-level or history of losing, if you turn the football over to it six times in one game, that team will likely find a way to beat you. Unfortunately, Cleveland couldn’t even do that, as the Steelers somehow managed to escape their mistake-filled regular season lid-lifter with a 21-21 tie. The Steelers probably won’t get that lucky again this Sunday, not if they’re again that careless—and if the Browns have anything to say about it, they just might be. You see, there’s one thing the Browns don’t suck at—at least not in 2018—and that’s causing other football teams to be careless with the rock. Through seven games Youth Ramon Foster Jersey , Cleveland’s defense, one designed by Gregg Williams, the always aggressive defensive coordinator, has a bountiful amount of takeaways with 20, a number that tops the NFL. If that number looks familiar to you as a Steeler fan, it’s because it’s roughly what Pittsburgh’s defense has averaged for entire seasons for quite some time—including the previous two, when Keith Butler’s unit tallied 45 takeaways, total.That’s right, for all its huffing and puffing and blowing quarterbacks down the past 22 regular season games, the Steelers’ defense still hasn’t figured out a way to parlay so many sacks—78 since Week 1 of2017—into more turnovers by the opposition. With 22 sacks through six games, Pittsburgh’s defense is on pace for 58 in 2018—a total that would break the single-season franchise record of 56 set just a year ago. Yet, with only eight takeaways so far , the much-maligned unit is on pace for 21—a total that would fall just below what it’s averaged the past two years. The Browns’ defense, which will come into Sunday’s game with 19 sacks on the season, is no slouch when getting after the quarterback.
Cleveland’s potent pass rush was on display in Week 1, as the Browns got to Ben Roethlisberger four times, turning two of those sacks into late fumbles that almost cost Pittsburgh the game.An opportunistic defense can make up for a lot of deficiencies and keep a team in the game. In addition to forcing five turnovers by Roethlisberger—the Steelers’ quarterback was also intercepted three times in the first half—the Browns, who trailed 21-7 midway through the fourth quarter, got back into the game when defensive end Myles Garrett stripped running back James Conner of the football deep in Pittsburgh territory. Finally, some say takeaways are a matter of luck. If that’s the case, the Steelers’ defense has been one unlucky unit for the entirety of the 2010’s. If we’re being honest, takeaways are the result of amassing a bunch of defenders who have a nose for the football and a knack for prying it loose.The Browns, for all that ails them, now have a defense full of opportunists. And those opportunists could prevent the Steelers from walking away with a third-straight victory this Sunday. With only one name on the Pittsburgh Steelers final injury report of the week David DeCastro Jersey , the list of inactive names for their game against the Cleveland Browns contains several healthy players. Having been ruled out of the contest on Friday, Marcus Gilbert is the only name missing the matchup because of injury and he will be joined on the sideline by a number of players used to being inactive on game day. While Gilbert will be replaced by Matt Feiler in the starting lineup, Zach Banner will still not suit up in Week 8 in his absence. After Morgan Burnett, L.J. Fort and Darrius Heyward-Bey all missed the Steelers’ last game with a variety of ailments, their return to action action the Browns has relegated Brian Allen and James Washington to ranks of the inactives. With Justin Hunter usually the wide receiver sitting out when the rest of the group is healthy, it is something of a surprise to see that the team opted to sideline Washington instead. For Mason Rudolph, L.T. Walton and Marcus Allen, it is business as usual on Sunday. Rudolph and Allen have yet to dress on game day, while Walton has only been active once. Custom New York Jets Jerseys
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