Browns looking to revive rivalry with Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) dives for the end zone and a touchdown past Cleveland Browns cornerback Leon McFadden (29) after catching a pass in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) dives for the end zone and a touchdown past Cleveland Browns cornerback Leon McFadden (29) after catching a pass in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Mike Pettine wants his team to revive its lopsided rivalry with the Steelers.

Cleveland has gone just 5-26 against Pittsburgh since 1999, an alarming imbalance Pettine pointed out to his team during a meeting earlier this week.

The Browns open their season against the Steelers on Sunday.

Pettine put up a slide that said: “Rivalry?” so his players understood how lopsided the matchup has been.

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer grew up in Cleveland and understands the rivalry better than most teammates. Hoyer, though, said he has to remove the Browns fan in him when he plays the Steelers. Hoyer also knows how much “Steelers Week” means to Cleveland fans and believes the hatred will never fade.

Linebacker Jabaal Sheard says it’s time for the Browns to “take that role of the bully.”

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