Steelers “have to keep the emotions in line” against Browns this week

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No one needs a long memory to recall what happened the last time the Browns and Steelers faced each other in a game.

A fight at the end of a Thursday night game in Week 11 resulted in three suspensions and saw 33 players disciplined by the NFL for their actions, so the idea of just forgetting what happened by next Sunday is an impossibility. For the Steelers, the key will be keeping those memories from influencing their actions.

Linebacker Bud Dupree said the team has “to put the past in the past” and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva said he’s only thinking about “the next opponent we have on the schedule.”

“We have to understand our opponent and get ready for the task, but I think you have to keep the emotions in line because we understand how critical that is to our performance,” defensive end Cam Heyward said, via Tom Reed of TheAthletic.com. “We have to get off the field without giving them yardage and penalties, [otherwise] that lets their offense stay on the field. We’re not even concerned with [revenge]. They beat us and we’re looking to get a ‘W.’ That’s it.”

Sunday’s results left the Steelers in the No. 6 spot in the AFC and staying in the playoff mix should provide plenty of motivation aside from any thoughts of payback that might be lingering in Pittsburgh this week.

27 responses to “Steelers “have to keep the emotions in line” against Browns this week

  1. The Steelers are not a playoff worthy team that if able to get in will be embarrassed in the first game. Love the effort over coming the injuries, but lets be realistic.

  2. The only emotions the Steelers will need to overcome is the profound sadness from a double Browns beatdown. This one will hurt even more because the team is going to be embarrassed at home. Steelers barely beat the Bengals and the Bengals were trying to lose.

  3. Garrett’s not going to be there and Rudolph may be on the bench.
    Since the two major combatants are likely not on the field, you’d think there’d be no more issues.

  4. Composure will be an issue for both teams and you can expect the refs to throw flags early to keep this game under control. The Steelers have veteran leadership on both sides of the ball, so I actually think they have the advantage in this regard. The Steelers challenge is offensive production. They will need to score in the twenties to win this game.

  5. We all know the Steelers are going to take a lot of cheap shots.

    It’s what they do. Soft and weak.

    What if Antonio Brown and Leveon Bell weren’t the only problems?

  6. Too bad Garrett isn’t going to play in this one. It’s already going to be ugly but with Garrett in, it could be a real trainwreck.

  7. Rudolph started the whole mess. Pittsburgh will continue with their cheating ways again this weekend. Nothing will change, including their outcome.

  8. You know Tomlin isn’t saying that!! He’s gonna be in the locker room screaming about those dirty expletive expletive expletive Browns, and remember how they disrespected us, and how much we HATE those expletive guys…Then his team is going to feed off of that HATE speech and commit some dumb penalties. Just like when they played the Patriots after Tomlin was recorded saying nice things about them. Then Tomlin will go to the podium and absolve HIMSELF of everything by saying we need to have better composure. Well it starts with you coach. That’s why I see at least 12 to 15 penalties by the Steelers, and at least 10 to 12 by the Browns, because Feddies team has already shown they have ZERO discipline so look for more of the same from them

  9. Typical write ups Steelers but nothing about the Browns that started the big deal. The game will take five hours there will be a flag ever other play

  10. I am a lifelong clevelander, and I applaud the voice of the Steelers players. Focus. A tribute to not only the coach, but a tribute to focus that whole organization shows pretty repeatedly. I wish that some day, my local football team could bring that same class, attitude, and preparation to each game. With the guy they chose to run the locker room today, Im afraid we are still dreaming about that. Never gonna happen under Kitchens

  11. When Rudolph gets all those splinters in his butt will he try and rip off his teammates’ helmets and kick them in the groin? Just wondering cause when he gets frustrated he acts a bit crazy.

  12. If Duck start and leads them to victory, like he has done each time he has been asked, then Duck should be allowed to continue unless or until he performs worse than Rudolph despite draft rank

  13. Time to battle the Evil Empire again?

    Don’t want to see any violent thing like what Myles did last time but I do hope we pummel the daylights out of each other.

    THAT is Browns vs Steelers football and the way it should be, just don’t need the craziness but the dislike? Heck yeah!

  14. There isn’t one aspect of the Steelers team that has improved on a week to week basis. If anything they get gradually worse. Spare me the injury excuse, every team deals with them. That entire coaching staff has underachieved for the better part of a decade. The standard used to be Super Bowls but now we settle for non-losing seasons. That roster has been loaded with talent.

  15. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    November 25, 2019 at 9:08 am
    The only emotions the Steelers will need to overcome is the profound sadness from a double Browns beatdown. This one will hurt even more because the team is going to be embarrassed at home. Steelers barely beat the Bengals and the Bengals were trying to lose.

    It is about time that the Browns beat the Steelers. The Steelers have been achieving a Browns beatdown for decades now.

  16. myspaceyourface says:
    November 25, 2019 at 11:29 am
    There isn’t one aspect of the Steelers team that has improved on a week to week basis. If anything they get gradually worse. Spare me the injury excuse, every team deals with them. That entire coaching staff has underachieved for the better part of a decade. The standard used to be Super Bowls but now we settle for non-losing seasons. That roster has been loaded with talent.

    The Steelers have been fielding basically a practice squad offense at the skill position for weeks now and still find themselves with the #6 seed in the AFC solely because of their defense. I have been the biggest skeptic of the Steelers coaching staff for years but someone deserves credit for turning this team into a playoff-seeding contender (notice I did not say playoff contender).

  17. In the Thursday night game, they showed the Bradshaw plant by Joe “Turkey” Jones. That last 8 seconds will be memorialized from now till the end of time every time the Browns and Steelers play. If the NFL is going to suspend Garrett “indefinitely” for such a terrible act, maybe they never show it on their own network instead of Myles sitting at home while I’ve seen his heinous act probably 50 times myself on the NFL Network. If everyone is so horrified, why do they allow it to be shown at all?

  18. JMN says:
    November 25, 2019 at 11:13 am
    If Duck start and leads them to victory, like he has done each time he has been asked, then Duck should be allowed to continue unless or until he performs worse than Rudolph despite draft rank.

    I do not understand the infatuation with Duck. Besides the one long pass which the receiver basically made a heck of a play on, he was 4-10 for 39 yards. Without the defense, the Steelers lose this game and Duck’s only start against the Chargers.

  19. As a Browns fan… I am loving that the “rivalry” may finally be back. I’m not happy with how it happened, but I’m tired of feeling the pity from Steelers fans, and am starting to feel the hatred once again. I’m sick and tired of seeing my team’s head caved in (pun intended) and just getting pity from Steeler fans. I understand you have to occasionally win for it to be a rivalry (RE: tOSU v U of M) but I want that hate and vitriol back, not the pity. These are my son’s Browns… “my” Browns moved years ago and started wearing purple. I stick with my son’s Browns, but c’mon bring back the real rivalry and hatred on both sides (and then we smile and have a couple beers afterward).

  20. Why would the steelers have emotions about this game beside it being a division game? Their third string qb managed to suspend one of the browns best players. Mason should be the steelers MVP for that action. It is the Browns that should be pest off about this game.

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