A rivalry already steeped in negative feelings became much uglier last month as the Steelers and Browns fought in Cleveland.
On Sunday, the teams reunited in Pittsburgh, with both of them in the vicinity of the playoffs and needing a win.
But the focal point, at least getting into the rematch just 17 days after the massive fight that resulted in the indefinite suspension of Browns DE Myles Garrett, is how high the level of animosity can be. And if that will affect the performance of the Steelers (6-5) and Browns (5-6).
"I know it's going to be a lot of rubbish to talk around and a lot of guys are going to try to get in your head and do things to try to get you out of character," said Browns defender Denzel Ward. "You just have to think about improving the team and just going out and winning the game, but don't do stupid penalties or anything against the other team that could hurt this team."
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