April 16, 2014

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Browns: Today’s Game

 WHO: Browns vs. Steelers
WHAT: Regular-season opener
WHERE: Cleveland Browns Stadium
TIME: 1 p.m.
PRESEASON RECORDS: Browns 3-1; Steelers 4-1
2006 RECORDS: Browns 4-12; Steelers 8-8
SERIES: Tied at 55, including Pittsburgh’s 2-0 lead in postseason
SERIES AT CLEVELAND: Browns lead 34-20
LAST MEETING: Steelers won 27-7 on Dec. 7 in Pittsburgh
COACHES: Romeo Crennel is 10-22 with Browns and overall; Mike Tomlin is making his head coaching debut
TV/RADIO: Channel 19, with broadcasters Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon; WMMS 100.7-FM; WTAM 1100-AM
2006 NFL RANKINGS (OUT OF 32 TEAMS): Browns — offense 31st (31st rushing, 23rd passing), defense 27th (29th rushing, 15th passing); Steelers — offense 7th (10th rushing, 9th passing), defense 9th (3rd rushing, 20th passing)
BROWNS UPDATE: QB Charlie Frye will make his second straight opening-day start after beating out Derek Anderson in the preseason.
• Anderson will probably be the backup, but Crennel won’t announce his choice between Anderson and rookie Brady Quinn until this morning.
• Free-agent signees RB Jamal Lewis, G Eric Steinbach, G Seth McKinney, DE Robaire Smith and LB Antwan Peek are expected to make their Browns debuts.
• Rookies LT Joe Thomas and CB Eric Wright will start.
• CB Leigh Bodden will start despite getting arrested at the airport Wednesday night. He went to college at Duquesne in Pittsburgh.
• In three games vs. the Steelers, WR Braylon Edwards has 13 catches for 287 yards and a TD.
• WR Joe Jurevicius had his only 100-yard game last year in a 27-7 loss to Pittsburgh. He had seven catches for 111 yards.
• CB Daven Holly had two interceptions in a 24-20 loss to the Steelers, including a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown.
• Jurevicius, LB Willie McGinest, LB Andra Davis, C Hank Fraley and K Phil Dawson were voted captains. TE Steve Heiden and S Sean Jones are co-captains.
• The Browns are 27-27 on opening day, 12-14 at home.
STEELERS UPDATE: They’ve split four openers with the Browns.
• QB Ben Roethlisberger is 75-for-122 for 1,088 yards with five TDs and five INTs in five games against the Browns. He had a 100-plus rating in three of those games. He’s 29-11 in his career as a starter.
• WR Hines Ward is the team’s all-time leader in receptions with 648. He’s second with 8,005 receiving yards.
• WR Santonio Holmes, in his second year out of Ohio State, has moved into the starting lineup. He had nine catches in two games vs. the Browns last year.
• LB James Harrison, an Akron native, moved into the starting lineup after the departure of trash talker Joey Porter.
• Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is in his first year after three years as receivers coach. He was the coordinator in Cleveland under Butch Davis from 2001-03.
• Rookie Daniel Sepulveda takes over at punter for Chris Gardocki. He’s a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder from Baylor and averaged 45.5 yards in the preseason.
BROWNS INJURY REPORT: Out: LB Willie McGinest (back); P Dave Zastudil (back). Questionable: S Gary Baxter (knees),  Probable: S Mike Adams (groin), LB Andra Davis (ankle), DE Orpheus Roye (knee), G Eric Steinbach (knee), RT Kevin Shaffer (concussion), FB Lawrence Vickers (hamstring)
STEELERS INJURY REPORT: Out: LB Marquis Cooper (hamstring); Probable: QB Brian St. Pierre (toe)
THE PICK: Frye makes just enough plays in a sign of good things to come. Browns 23, Steelers 20.
LEAGUE PICKS
(home team in CAPS)
Broncos over BILLS
Eagles over PACKERS
TEXANS over Chiefs
JAGUARS over Titans
VIKINGS over Falcons
Patriots over JETS
RAMS over Panthers
REDSKINS over Dolphins
Lions over RAIDERS
CHARGERS over Bears
SEAHAWKS over Buccaneers
COWBOYS over Giants
Monday night
BENGALS over Ravens
49ERS over Cardinals

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