Steelers vs. Browns: Writers' picks and predictions for vital Week 2 matchup

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Final prediction has two offenses that struggle to get into the end zone

If the Steelers can stop the Browns rushing attack and contain Deshaun Watson, this should be a game that Pittsburgh should win. Both clubs had completely different outcomes in week one, but that probably won't carry over to this game. The Browns are not that good and the black and gold are not that bad when it comes to their respective teams.

Force Watson to pass the ball and that will win you plenty of games against this Cleveland crew. Find different ways to chip and add extra blockers against Myles Garrett and company. T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith need to find different ways to add pressure to the quarterback without Heyward in the lineup. Keeanu Benton and DeMarvin Leal will be the lead suspects in the replacement of Heyward.

Browns win 19-16

Last week was too poor of a performance for the Steelers to rebound from. They might be that bad, but this week will be a big opportunity to turn that opinion around. Cleveland has a solid defense and should take away the run from Pittsburgh. That will put everything in Pickett's hands in this one. Expect Garrett and company to get pressure as these tackles for the black and gold might struggle.

Expect the loss of Heyward to have an immediate impact for the Browns rushing game. Chubb and company should be able to move the ball downfield often, but they might struggle when things tighten up in the red zone. They will be able to move the ball up and down the field for most of the game but both clubs will have to settle for plenty of field goals.

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