Steelers-Browns Rematch Scheduled for Prime Time Slot

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster makes a reception during the game against the  (Marlon Martin / Golden Sky Media)CLEVELAND (GSM) — The stage is set. The prime time rematch between the Steelers and Browns will take place during the wild card round of the playoffs. 

The Steelers (12-4) lost to the Browns (11-5) 24-22 at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday afternoon. It was a game that Cleveland needed to win to snap an 18-year drought of making the postseason. Despite Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Haden, Maurkice Pouncey, TJ Watt and Cam Heyward taking this game off, Pittsburgh still gave the Browns a run.

This will be the third meeting between these two teams with a 1-1 split during the 2020 season and this will also be third time in both franchises history where they will meet in the playoffs. The Steelers have won both meetings.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner stretches over the goal line to score a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on October 28, 2018 at Heinz Field. (Photo: Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

 

Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday Jan. 10, 2021 at 8:15pm EST at Heinz Field.

 

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Steelers’ Lineman Derwin Gray Waived, Claimed by Jaguars

Steelers offensive lineman Derwin Gray following the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 21, 2020 at Paul Brown Stadium. (Marlon Martin / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Heading into the final game of the 2020 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have released offensive tackle Derwin Gray to make space in the 53-man active roster and 10 on the practice squad.

Gray was a seventh round draft by Pittsburgh out of Maryland in 2019. He spent most of his time on the team’s practice squad but played in five games this season. 

Steelers offensive lineman Derwin Gray in action during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 21, 2020 at Paul Brown Stadium. (Marlon Martin / Golden Sky Media)

 

On Twitter, Gray thanked the city of Pittsburgh and fans for the support during his time as a Steeler but mentioned that he is excited to begin the next journey in his career. The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed him from waivers on Tuesday.

 

 

 


BRIAN COOK IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SINCE 2005. HE CAN BE REACHED AT BCOOK@GOLDENSKYMEDIA.COM.

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Dionte Johnson Returns to Form, Sparks Steelers’ Defeat of Colts

Steelers’ wide receiver Diontae Johnson makes a leaping catch against the Indianapolis Colts on December 27, 2020 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (Clyde Harris / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Dionte Johnson leads the league with 12 dropped passes. These dropped passes have come at the most inopportune  time during the recent 3 game losing streak. Two drops in the Steelers loss to Buffalo, three in the loss against Washington, and one against the Bengals. Johnson has attributed the recent occurrences to a lack of focus and overthinking the process of catching the football. It has been a dark and frustrating time for Johnson.

All of his recent problems with dropped passes, faded away against the Indianapolis Colts. Dionte Johnson returned to form, looking like a true number 1 receiver. Johnsons acrobatic 39 yard touchdown pass ignited the Steelers offense, overcoming a 17 point third quarter deficit, en route to a 28-24 victory. The win crowned the Steelers the 2020 AFC North Division Champions.

With Johnson, and the other members of the vaunted Steeler receiving corps returning to the form, the Steelers offense will once again be a force to contend with.

 

Former Steeler’s Social Media Post Expresses Frustration with Former Team

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison speaking to the media at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex in Pittsburgh on September 5, 2014. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media, FILE)

(GSM) — James Harrison, who was once a dominating force on the Steelers’ defense, took to social media following his former team’s loss to the Bengals Sunday.

The linebacker who has one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history, posted a video to his Instagram page where he showed disbelief that the Steelers would fall to the Bengals who — at that point — had only won two games all season.

His most recent post was coupled with a John Fogerty song titled “Centerfield” blasting in the background. Harrison can be seen picking up a game-worn Steelers helmet from his in-home trophy case, sarcastically insinuating he is ready to return to action to help the “Black-n-Gold.”

The Steelers (11-3) entered the game Sunday with a chance to clinch the AFC North title. However, the Bengals (3-10-1) had other plans as they walked away with a convincing 27-7 victory.

Harrison — a five-time All Pro — played for the Bengals, Patriots and Ravens in addition to the Steelers and hasn’t seen the field since 2018.

Harrison played 16 years in the National Football League.

 

 
 
 
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Steelers are 10-0 Heading into Thanksgiving Game

Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to taking the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 22, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

JACKSONVILLE (GSM) — All they do is “win, win, win no matter what!”

The Pittsburgh Steelers have solidified their position as the best team in the league throughout the 2020 season. The convincing victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars may not have been impressive — especially against a team who has lost 9 straight — but it helped stack wins for Pittsburgh.

Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool reaches for a pass from Ben Roethlisberger for a 31-yard touchdown. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Wideout Chase Claypool scored his 10th touchdown and broke an NFL record as the first receiver to score 10 a touchdown in their first 10 games as a rookie.

The Steelers have also broken a team record by starting the season at 10-0 for the first time in history.

With only 4 days off, the Baltimore Ravens head into Pittsburgh for the prime-time Thanksgiving game in Pittsburgh. Baltimore will be without many starters due to a major COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

Runningbacks Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, Nose Tackle Brandon Williams and Pernell McPhee who plays linebacker, will all miss the game Thursday.