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The Browns cannot make the playoffs, but they can knock out the still-flickering hopes of the Steelers and their 7-8-1 record by dealing them a loss here. Ben Roethlisberger figures to retire after this year and a loss here could hasten his exit from the league, so that arguably could be another reason for the Browns to maintain their focus despite their own season's ambitions falling permanently out of reach in their loss against Green Bay. The over/under is 42 with Pittsburgh favored by two points. Though chilly, the weather should be cooperative.
Ben Roethlisberger ($9400 DK, $14000 FD) appears to be on the way out after this year, and if he wants to play beyond Week 18 he needs the Steelers to win this game. He was vaguely effective against the Browns back in Week 8, completing 22 of 34 attempts for 266 yards and one touchdown at Cleveland. This time he's at home, where hopefully the sailing will be a bit smoother yet. The Browns have some absences in the secondary (Troy Hill, Ronnie Harrison, John Johnson) that could prove to Roethlisberger's benefit, but otherwise the Browns have at least two good corners in Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome. If the Steelers can keep Myles Garrett away then Roethlisberger should be in a good fighting stance for this one, even if he doesn't have much punch anymore.
Better to be washed up than a never-was, and Baker Mayfield ($9200 DK, $14500