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Myles Garrett (ankle) ruled out for Browns Week 1

Myles Garrett (ankle) ruled out for Browns Week 1”

As fans wait for the 1PM EST kickoff, let's take a look at what Still Curtain's Site Expert Noah Strackbein had to say about the upcoming Steelers/Browns game.

Not close enough: Tomlin talks openly about chasing the franchise's seventh Super Bowl victory, and with the Steelers' most recent title-game appearance coming after the 2010 season, a large part of Tomlin's legacy will be defined by whether he gets back there. There are wide receivers such as Kenny Britt and former Pittsburgh Steelers' prospect Sammie Coates.

I think I might want the Browns to get better. Compound that with injuries on the Steelers' defense which limited the amount of time they've had to work together, most notably only getting a week of practice and no games with Mike Mitchell, it could be an issue. Per a report from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns fear that he could miss time with the injury.

Head coach Hue Jackson chose to go with Hogan over Cody Kessler, but it's not a permanent decision contrary to what Jackson said earlier this week about how he'd like to select the backup QB.

The Steelers reached the AFC Championship last season, and will look for another deep playoff run with Ben Roethlisberger at the helm. Le'Veon Bell is back in the backfield, though he didn't join the team until after the preseason concluded. Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt was good enough to win the starting job ahead of James Harrison, and running back James Conner will make his National Football League debut just one year after beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

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Prediction: The Browns offense will struggle against the Steelers defense which ranked 12 in the National Football League past year in yards allowed per game.

As good as the top two levels of Pittsburgh's defense is, this should be the best defensive backfield they've had since Troy Polamalu was on the roster. My prediction. Pittsburgh 40, Browns 13. Garrett will be sidelined for weeks a sprained right ankle. In five career games against Cleveland, Bell has 507 rushing yards, 190 receiving yards and six total TDs. They signed two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden after he was released by the Cleveland Browns while also dealing for San Francisco 49er tight end Vance McDonald and Tampa Bay Buccaneer safety J.J. Wilcox. Browns rookie DE Myles Garrett didn't even make it to opener, suffering high ankle sprain in practice Wednesday.

Rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer makes his regular season debut for the Browns. Browns "Iron Man" T Joe Thomas enters season having played 9,934 consecutive snaps. The Browns are 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall, 3-14-2 in their last 19 games in Week 1, and 0-10-1 in their last 11 games against AFC North.



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