Okay, the Steelers are in the playoffs. They really don't "have" to win this game.
But it would be a serious blow to lose the division and the #2 seed by losing to the Cleveland Browns. This is their Super Bowl, so the black n gold had better come ready to play.
I think the Browns really wanted to knock off the Ravens, too. What I saw of that game, the Browns played hard but were just too damned sloppy. They'll come loaded for bear with us too, but we need to force that same kind of game from them.
IMHO, the difference between the 2 seed and the 5/6 is huge, it's about getting the two key defensive players healthy, and we all know what that can mean.
Another point I'd make is that this offense has been all over the map this year. Game to game, drive to drive, the inconsistency is maddening. At times, it looked like we couldn't move the ball on a squad of determined Girl Scouts. At other times, it looked like the OL "got it" and we could drive on any defense any time. So much of that comes down to my favorite goats, the OL and OC, but there are other factors.
First of all, the receiving corps has undergone a huge change, with Tone gone, Hines older, Wallace expanding his role, and trying to get Manny Sanders and Tonio Brown acclimated to life in the bigs. It was nice to see BA remember Heath Miller can catch the ball last week, but there was one play that just stunned me: the slant and go to Wallace, jets on, TD scored. That ball was no sooner in Ben's hands than it was out, no chance for a blitz to work, defenders blinking and 17 is gone. The great thing is, we have three guys who can all run that sluggo, Wallace and the rooks. In fact, it looks like a Manny Sanders signature play.
Teams defend the run because we are predictable in playcalling, and because our passing game is inconsistent. Up the ante with more quick-hitters to the sneaky squeaks zipping the under routes and let them kill teams with YAC. I'm not saying we should become the NE Patriots offense, but we can certainly utilize some faster-devloping pass plays. I'd like to see us trot a few more out versus the Browns to neutralize what they undoubtedly want to do (blitz Ben), and to go into the playoffs with some stuff teams haven't seen much of.