For the Buffalo Bills and their playoff hopes, this match-up is one that they would like to see both teams lose because they both have a tie breaking win against the Bills. Unfortunately, one of the teams has to win.
Looking at them on paper, they both look pretty even stats-wise. The Steelers had a slow start but have able to put together a little bit to be sitting at a 4-6 record with back to back wins against the Bills and the Lions. The Browns are coming off their bye in week 10 and a loss to the Bengals.
The Steelers next three games could be beneficial to the Bills as they play Baltimore, Miami and Cincinnati. They could go 0-3 possible 0-4 with a loss against the Browns. This would leave them with a best possible 6-10 record which would leave them out of the playoff race.
As for the Browns, they have Jacksonville, New England and the Bears for their next three games. 2 of the 3 could be tough and bring up losses for them. This would mean that they would have to beat either New England or the Bears to finish 9-7 and win out their remaining two games.
For this game, I think if Pittsburgh wins it will be more helpful than with the Browns winning based on their next three games and the potential win/loss for the next our weeks. I wold take a 1-3 record rather than a 2-2 record at this point for any of the teams.
Steelers win 31-21.