All of the talk entering this week surrounding the AFC North battle between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers involves third-string quarterback Charlie Batch, who has been thrust into a starting role for the away side. Although Batch is a third tier backup, he is also a proven veteran who has consistently provided stability in the past, as recently as last season when he navigated the team to a victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Unlike Byron Leftwich last week, Batch shouldn’t be the deciding factor in this game. and although the Steelers are still slight favorites without Ben Roethlisberger, the Browns can feel disrespected by that fact. Recent history is all in the Steelers’ favor, and indeed they do have a better record this season, but the Browns have been very competitive all season long and are coming off an uplifting performance, if not an uplifting result, against the Dallas Cowboys.
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