BEREA-- Despite playing against the Steelers third-string quarterback and one of their best defenders, the Browns might have their hands full trying to score points on their own Sunday.
With a 6-4 record, the Steelers are currently ranked first in the NFL in defense. They are No. 1 against the pass and No. 4 versus the run. They average giving up 19 points a game, which is fifth-best in the NFL.
The Steelers have played the last several weeks without safety Troy Polamalu. He has been out with a calf injury and was doubtful late in the week.
Theyre a very fast defense, Pat Shurmur said. The way they pressure you is the challenge. We have plenty of film on them but the way they bring pressure is a challenge.
Meanwhile, the Steelers are 17th offensively (17th rush, 13th pass). The Browns are 27th overall on offense (27th rush, 19th pass) and 23rd overall on defense (24th rush, 22nd pass).
One of the reasons the Steelers have such a good defense year in and year out is defensive coordin...