5 reasons the Pittsburgh Steelers will win their Week 6 matchup vs. Browns

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing their biggest game of the season this year.

The Pittsburgh Steelers biggest game of this season so far is against the Cleveland Browns. What makes it more interesting is that it is the second game the Steelers have been allowed to play in front of their own fans. Heinz Field was loud last Sunday and it will be even louder in Week 6.

The Steelers vs Browns match up brings a different energy to home games in Pittsburgh. It really doesn’t matter the lack of competitiveness between these two teams in the last decade, it is still an incredibly heated rivalry. I was at the Week 17 matchup in 2017 on New Year’s Eve. It was the last time the Steelers had made the playoffs. They didn’t play Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, or Antonio Brown among other starters as well, because the Steelers were already entrenched as the division winners but were not in contention for the #1 or #2 seed. The atmosphere was still electric. When it reached overtime, it got even louder. I thought that I was going to lose my hearing during that overtime period.

If we add in the fact, that this a game in which the Pittsburgh Steelers win will tighten their hold on the division standings makes it so much bigger. The Steelers are ahead of both the Browns and the Ravens with the same number of wins because of their winning percentage. If the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ravens both win, then Cleveland falls behind both squads by over a game in the standings. If Pittsburgh wins and the Ravens lose then they will be more than a full game ahead of both teams. I don’t expect Baltimore to lose to Philadelphia this weekend, but if both teams win, then Pittsburgh maintains their grasp on the top while holding off the defending number 1 seed in the AFC from 2019.

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I do think that this will be a close game. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers should walk out of Week 6 still undefeated. I don’t think the Browns can get the running game going to a degree that their offense needs to run smoothly against the Steelers. I really don’t think that the Browns defense is going to be able to stop this new-look offense that Pittsburgh is fielding, with all of the different motion pre-snap. Even more so, I don’t think that Cleveland has the personnel to match up with such a talented group of receivers. It will probably be a close divisional game, but the Steelers should win regardless.