PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-5)
WEEK 17 // SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 75-59-1
STREAKS: Steelers have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 10/18/20: Browns 7 at Steelers 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/14/19: Browns 21, Steelers 7
STEELERS clinched AFC North division for 1st time since 2017. • QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 33 TD passes, 2nd-most in career (34 in 2018). Has 3,804 pass yards, his 10th-career season with 3,500+ pass yards. QB MASON RUDOLPH expected to make 1st start of season. Passed for 221 yards in last road meeting. • RB JAMES CONNER had 65 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 20 rush) & rush TD with 5 catches last week. Rushed for 101 yards & TD in Week 6 meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Cle. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. RB BENNY SNELL aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with rush TD. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 9 catches for season-high 96 yards & TD last week. Has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Rookie WR CHASE CLAYPOOL aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 4 catches for 74 yards in Week 6 meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. division. Leads rookies with 8 rec. TDs. TE ERIC EBRON had TD catch last week. • LB T.J. WATT had 2 sacks & FF last week, his 4th game with 2+ sacks this season, most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 6 of 7 career games vs. Cle. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with sack. Leads NFL with career-high 15 sacks. DE STEPHON TUITT aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had FF in Week 6 meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had 8 tackles & TFL in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with TFL. CB MIKE HILTON had 2 PD, INT & FR in Week 16.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD aims for 5th in row with 285+ pass yards. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of past 5. Has 640 pass yards (320 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 113.2 rating in his past 2 vs. division. • RB NICK CHUBB had 66 scrimmage yards (38 rec., 28 rush) & rush TD last week. Aims for 6th in row with rush TD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Pit. with 75+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Has 554 rush yards (110.8 per game) & 7 rush TDs in 5 home games this season. RB KAREEM HUNT rushed for TD last week & has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD catch. Chubb & Hunt are 1st pair of RB teammates each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ TDs since MARK INGRAM & ALVIN KAMARA in 2017. • WR JARVIS LANDRY aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in last home meeting. WR RASHARD HIGGINS has 75+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Had rec. TD in Week 6 meeting. TE AUSTIN HOOPER set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (71) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 52 rec. yards in Week 6 meeting. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack & PD last week. Had sack in Week 6 meeting & has sack in 4 of 5 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with TFL. DE OLIVIER VERNON had sack in Week 16 & has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Had PD in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ sacks & PD. CB DENZEL WARD aims for 4th in row with PD. Has 2+ PD in 2 of past 3. Had PD in Week 6 meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Pit), 82 (Cle) | XM: 382 (Pit), 227 (Cle)