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Browns-Steelers matchup of the day: Tuesday

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's a closer look at a matchup to watch in Sunday's Browns-Steelers game:

Steelers ROLB James Harrison vs. Browns OLT Joe Thomas

Thomas is on the short list of the game's top left tackles, but he had a game to forget against Falcons DE John Abraham in Week Five. Thomas allowed two sacks against Abraham. One came when Abraham was able to push Thomas back toward QB Seneca Wallace. When Wallace didn't find an open receiver and stepped up to run, Abraham tripped him up.

On the other sack, Abraham used his speed to get past Thomas on the edge and bring down Wallace, who suffered an ankle injury on the play.

Finally, with the Browns trailing the Falcons 20-10 late in the fourth quarter, Abraham pushed Thomas back into QB Jake Delhomme and deflected Delhomme's pass, which was intercepted. 

Harrison's power, strength and explosiveness make him a top pass rusher. He's listed as six inches shorter and 70 pounds lighter than Thomas but has a leverage advantage, and Thomas has to be able to hold his ground. 

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