Originally written December 29, 2012 on Tireball.com:
The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers will close out their disappointing seasons playing against each other in Week 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm EST from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. CBS will carry the game. Cleveland will be starting Thad Lewis in his first NFL start. Worst for the Browns is the absence of Trent Richardson who will be spelled by Montario Hardesty. The Steelers saw their hopes for a playoff birth end last week with a loss to Cincinnati. They have beaten the Browns at home in the last eight contests. What is the spread in the Browns and Steelers game? There is no line currently for this game, partially due to the questions about who would quarterback for the Browns. CLE PIT W-L 5-10 7-8 Avg Points 19.5 20.8 Avg Points Allowed 22.9 20.3 Home Record 4-4 4-3 Road Record 1-6 3-5 “He’s been preparing himself to play all year,” Shurmur said of Lewis, who last started a game in 2009 as a senior at Duke. “What we expect is he goes out and...
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