Week 11 of the NFL gets off to a scintillating start tonight as the Pittsburgh Steelers lock horns with the Cleveland Browns at the First Energy Stadium.

Friday night's crunch match sees second place take on third in the American Football Conference North as both sides continue their quest for Superbowl glory.

Cleveland comes into the game in patchy form, having lost two out of their last three matches, leaving head coach Freddie Kitchen with plenty to think about during mid-week training.

The Lake Erie side did manage a win last time out, however, squeezing past the Buffalo Bills on a scoreline of 19-16. Manager John Dorsey will be hoping for more of the same in this evening's clash.

Meanwhile, the Steelers start the weekend having already won three from their last three, with a narrow victory over the Indianapolis Colts in week 9 and a 17-12 defeat of the Los Angeles Rams last time out.

Steelers running back James Conner
Steelers running back James Conner

Key running back James Conner makes his return to the squad tonight after two weeks out with a shoulder injury picked up in the fourth quarter of his side's 27-14 win over the Miami Dolphins in October.

Conner's exit was an unfortunate conclusion to what was an otherwise sterling evening for the third-year back, having rushed 145 yards, just one short of his career-high.

Pennsylvania native Conner had been in fine form before he got injured, gaining the Steelers 380 yards in seven outings, scoring four touchdowns.

Steelers fans will be hoping the former University of Pittsburgh student can continue that rich vein of form tonight if included on the teamsheet, as his side goes in search of a seventh Superbowl title.

Sarah Quinn, registered nurse in Pittsburgh
Sarah Quinn, registered nurse in Pittsburgh

And Conner is likely to be cheered on by his stunning girlfriend Sarah Quinn, who has been through it all with the 24-year-old NFL sensation.

Back in college where the pair met, Sarah was a cheerleader for the University of Pittsburgh but has since moved on to work as a registered nurse at a trauma and burns centre in the city.

The pair reportedly started dating sometime after March in 2015 and haven't looked back since, with Sarah remaining at Conner's side as he was diagnosed with cancer back in 2015.

Blonde beauty Sarah often gets behind her man in the lead up to games, with one of her most recent posts coming from the Steelers' Heinz Field stadium with the caption: "Sweater weather. Almost".

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She often keeps her 7k followers updated with snaps of her and beau Conner, with a holiday snap from the Bahamas earlier this year captioned: "My paradise".

Sarah's army of fans loves the updates, with many posting gushing messages showing the admiration for the hot couple.

One keen fan wrote: "Couple goals", underneath the vacation post where the couple posed on the beach surrounded by beautiful white sand and blue skies.

Another added: "That looks incredible! I'm so jealous".

While a third simply said: Lucky girl! Love y'all together!"