The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns will duke it out for AFC North supremacy on Sunday.
The Steelers lead the division with a 4-0 record. The Browns are right behind them at 4-1, the franchise’s best start since 1994. Cleveland is third in the division as the Ravens are also 4-1, but hold the tiebreaker after a Week 1 victory against the Browns.
While the majority of the talk should be about the game and the division ramifications, it would be hard to not recall the now infamous Week 10 matchup from last season.
In that game, Myles Garrett uncharacteristically ripped off then starting quarterback, Mason Rudolph’s helmet and then bashed Rudolph in the head with it. Myles would be suspended for the rest of the season.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t want to focus on that, but instead the actual matchup this week with two of the top teams in the NFL.
“We’re not looking for that low-hanging fruit or that reality TV storyline,” Tomlin said. “This is a big game here in 2020.”
Cleveland has not won in Pittsburgh since 2003 and has only won there twice since returning to the league in 1999.
Both teams rank in the top-10 points per game, with Cleveland being fourth and Pittsburgh 10th. Pittsburgh has the better defense, but the Browns won’t back down as they just hung 32 points on the top-rated defense of the Colts.
This is arguably the game of the week in the NFL and the biggest game since Cleveland’s return to the league. A heated rivalry that has been quite lopsided for the past 21 years now has major AFC North implications on the line.