4 takeaways from Steelers 22-24 loss against the Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith (56). Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith (56). Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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Steelers should be able to destroy the Browns in a playoff rematch

The Browns roster was hurting a bit in Week 17, as several players tested positive for COVID-19. However, the Steelers even had more significant losses. Missing the final contest of the game was Ben Roethlisberger, T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, Joe Haden, Terrell Edmunds, and Maurkice Pouncey. Additionally, the Steelers played some of their other starters in a limited fashion in the final game, as Pittsburgh really didn’t have anything to play for.

As of Sunday evening, it sounds like the Steelers could be suiting up for a rematch in the Wild Card round of the playoffs next week. If that is the case, there is no reason to believe Pittsburgh shouldn’t come away with a win in the first round against the Browns next week. Despite missing many of their most important players, the Steelers nearly came away with the win.

With a whole lot more to play with and with the return of their franchise quarterback and Defensive Player of the Year candidate, Pittsburgh has a chance to blow this Cleveland team out of the water – much like they did earlier in the season when they were at full strength.

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At the end of the day, it’s really hard to have a lot of complaints about what the Steelers were able to accomplish in Week 17. Though they didn’t get the win, it might work out best for the team to come back strong against Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs next week.