STEEL­ERS, 27-13

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL WEST - Browns RB Isa­iah Crow­ell.

Con­sen­sus line: Steel­ers by 9 Pre­dic­tion: The Steel­ers are con­fi­dent in what they do, and though RB Le’Veon Bell has to shake rust he’ll be ef­fec­tive. QB Ben Roeth­lis­berger doesn’t tuck it and run as much as he used to, and he trusts his of­fen­sive line to give him time to scan the field. The Browns are a mystery of­fen­sively be­cause of roo-


kie QB DeShone Kizer, but it’s a safe bet they’ll try to play it safe with the run­ning game and take the oc­ca­sional deep shot against an un­proven Steel­ers sec­ondary. The de­fense and the game plan should keep the Browns close, but un­less Kizer hits some of those deep ones and the Browns win the turnover bat­tle, they won’t be able to keep up.

uSTART: Steel­ers WR Mar­tavis Bryant. Just fully re­in­stated by the NFL, Bryant has a good matchup against an in­ept de­fense. Cleve­land al­lowed 36 re­ceiv­ing touch­downs in 2016.

uSIT: Crow­ell is be­ing touted as a top-15 NFL run­ning back, and while he has up­side, the Steel­ers are go­ing to key in on stop­ping Crow­ell. Look for Pitts­burgh to stuff the box and con­tain Crow­ell, while mak­ing rookie QB DeShone Kizer try to beat them.

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