You want cold-weather football?
You're going to get a taste of it Thursday night in Pittsburgh, when the Steelers (9-3) host the Browns (4-8), two teams intimately familiar with the elements of December.
Our friends at Weather.com are calling for subfreezing temperatures at kickoff, recalling the last prime-time clash between these two, on a frigid Thursday evening in December 2009. Facing temperatures in the 20s and swirling winds, the 1-11 Browns played for pride, pulling the plug on the Steelers' playoff hopes with a 13-6 victory shot straight out of 1925.
Those Steelers were down on their luck, but there's very little sense this Cleveland team can catch Pittsburgh -- winners of seven of eight -- asleep at the wheel.
"It's a tough place to play," McCoy said this week of Heinz Field, where he's 0-1 as a starter. That loss -- in his first start as a rookie last season -- kicked off a troubling 0-7 run against the AFC North.
It's a tall order, but he has his chance tonight.