Steelers mindful of Browns rivalry, despite recent dominance

November 14, 2018

No players on either team were in the NFL the most recent time the Cleveland Browns won a game in Pittsburgh. Only two were even in college; a handful were kindergarten-aged.

But despite the Pittsburgh Steelers going 31-4-1 during their past 36 games against their Interstate 76 rivals, don’t expect any current players to acknowledge the series’ recent lopsidedness.

“It’s easy to say, ‘Oh, since they haven’t been wining, this game is nothing big,’ right?” defensive end Stephon Tuitt said, rhetorically, “because you have been paying attention to (other rivals) Baltimore or Cincinnati. But if you go back and look at (recent) history, the past (three) games we played against them was a (seven)-point differential.”

The Steelers won 21-18 at FirstEnergy Stadium in the 2017 season opener, and they tied 21-21 there last month in the 2018 opener. Last season’s finale was a 28-24 Steelers win, but Pittsburgh rested several starters because its playoff positioning was almost assured.

The Browns have won just one of the past 12 in the series, but that was a 31-10 shellacking in 2014.

“At the end of the day, we know who they are,” Tuitt said. “They are still an AFC North divisional opponent, and we are going to give them the respect that they (deserve). They always play us tough.”

Although the Browns won 32 of the first 41 meetings between the teams, the Steelers have won 63 of the past 92 and lead the all-time series 74-58-1 (including playoffs). Cleveland’s only victory at Heinz Field came by way of a Tim Couch-led 33-13 triumph in 2003.

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