NFL’s recreation of Week 17: Browns can validate turnaround

Yahoo Sports activities NFL senior writers Terez Paylor and Charles Robinson every choose a Week 17 recreation that can depart us buzzing into Monday.

Paylor’s must-watch
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

There are not any scarcity of excellent selections this weekend, however we have got to go along with Pittsburgh-Cleveland.

With a victory, the Browns can clinch their first playoff spot for the reason that 2002 season and make sure that the NFL sees its two longest lively droughts finish in the identical season (Tampa has already clinched its playoff berth within the NFC).

The Steelers have already clinched the AFC North however can take the No. 2 seed within the convention with a victory and a Buffalo defeat at dwelling towards Miami.

This can be a enormous recreation for the Browns, who’ve an opportunity to complete with 11 wins within the first 12 months of their Andrew Berry-Kevin Stefanski partnership. This might be an enormous step for such a moribund franchise, and an indication the franchise’s dropping days are lastly behind them. For as a lot progress as they’ve made this season, to many Browns followers lacking out on the playoffs this postseason — after dropping to the horrific Jets final week — would really feel an terrible lot like “Similar Ol ‘Browns,” even when it is not.

Robinson’s must-watch
Steelers at Browns

Certain, Pittsburgh is sitting a swath of key gamers and doesn’t have a lot to play for past touchdown the No. 2 seed and a few momentum heading into the postseason. That is nonetheless a satisfaction recreation — together with the primary assembly between Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett and Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph since final season’s ugly altercation.

Past that, this can be a monumentally vital recreation for the development of Cleveland’s franchise. The 12 months has been too good to blow the postseason with back-to-back losses to the Jets and an especially short-handed Steelers group.

COVID an infection points or not, the Browns want this win to validate all the pieces good that has occurred this 12 months. Interval.

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