NFL Week 8 Preview: Two teams who hate each other, Steelers visit Browns in AFC North battle

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3)
AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 108 (Pit.), 82 (Cle.) | XM: 388 (Pit.), 227 (Cle.) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 807 (Cle.)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 75-60-1
STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Steelers 22 at Browns 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21

PITTSBURGH STEELERS LEADERS

Bye (Week 6: W 23-20 vs. Seattle) LAST WEEK

Mike Tomlin: 22-6-1 COACH VS. OPP.

19.5/22.0 PTS. FOR/AGAINST

323.8 OFFENSE

Ben Roethlisberger: 153-235-1,515-7-4-86.0 PASSING

Najee Harris (R): 102-388-3.8-2 RUSHING

Diontae Johnson: 34-376-11.1-3 RECEIVING

352.3 DEFENSE

T.J. Watt: 7 SACKS

Terrell Edmunds, James Pierre: 1 INTs

-2 (5/7) TAKE/GIVE

Pressley Harvin (R): 44.9 (40.8) PUNTING (NET)

Chris Boswell: 45 (12/12 PAT; 11/12 FG) KICKING

STEELERS NOTES

• QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 29 of 40 passes (seasonhigh 72.5 pct.) for 229 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating in
Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rating & 0 INTs. Passed
for 501 yards & 4 TDs in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Passed for 335
yards in last road meeting.
• RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 127 scrimmage yards (81 rush,
46 rec.) & TD catch in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 90+
scrimmage yards & 4th in row with TD. Ranks 2nd among all
rookies with 632 scrimmage yards (388 rush, 244 rec.) in 2021.
• WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 9 catches & 96 scrimmage yards (71
rush, 25 rec.) in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 70+ rec. yards.
Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 11 catches for
career-high 117 yards in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Had 96 rec.
yards in last road meeting. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL aims for 3rd
in row vs. Cle., incl. playoffs, with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards &
rec. TD. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH set career highs in catches
(7) & rec. yards (58) in Week 6. TE ERIC EBRON had 3rd-career
rush TD in Week 6. Had TD catch in 2020 AFC-WC meeting.
• LB T.J. WATT had 3 PD, 3 TFL, 2 sacks & FF in Week 6, 3rd game
this season with 2+ sacks, most in NFL. Became 4th player with
2 sacks in single OT period since 1994. Has 13 TFL & 9 sacks in
7 career games vs. Cle. LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had career-high 1.5
sacks in Week 6. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK tied for team lead with
9 tackels & had 1st FF of season in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row
with 8+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with PD.

CLEVELAND BROWNS LEADERS

LAST WEEK W 17-14 vs. Denver (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 2-1

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 24.7/23.6

OFFENSE 393.4

PASSING Baker Mayfield: 116-173-1,474-6-3-97.8

RUSHING Nick Chubb: 90-523-5.8-4

RECEIVING David Njoku (TE): 17-284-16.7-1

DEFENSE 295.6

SACKS Myles Garrett: 9.5 (1L)

INTs Three tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -2 (5/7)

PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 44.4 (40.5)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 47 (17/17 PAT; 10/11 FG)

BROWNS NOTES

• QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 263 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs
for 115.2 rating in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs
for 108.6 rating in his past 8 on road. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his
past 3 vs. division. QB CASE KEENUM passed for 199 yards & TD
vs. 0 INTs for 90.3 rating in Week 6, 1st start of season. Passed
for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in his last start vs. Pit. (11/25/18 w/ Den.).
• RB NICK CHUBB aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards.
Had 145 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 69 rec.) & TD catch in 2020
AFC-WC meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit., incl. postseason,
with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON led
team with career-high 168 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 22 rec.)
& rushed for 1st career TD last week. FB JOHNNY STANTON had
1st-career TD catch in Week 7.
• JARVIS LANDRY had team-high 5 catches in Week 7. Had 5
catches for 92 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 5+
catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has
50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. TE AUSTIN HOOPER
had season-high 42 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in
row vs. Pit., incl. postseason, with TD catch.
• DE MYLES GARRETT led team with 1.5 sacks last week & aims for
his 4th in row with sack. Had PD in last meeting. Has 7 sacks in
his past 3 at home. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for 3rd in row
with 0.5+ sacks. Had FF & PD in his last game vs. Pit. (10/25/20
w/ Ten.). LB ANTHONY WALKER aims for his 5th in row with 6+
tackles. S JOHN JOHNSON had 1st INT of season in Week 7.

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