Good Thursday to you Steelers fans.
I think it’s fair to say that this week’s game against the Browns is a big one. But I can tell you that the “hype machine” in both Cleveland and in the national media has already blown this out of proportion. Allow me to explain. This is week six and both teams have very nice records of course but this game is a far bigger deal along the Lake Erie shore than it is along the confluence. Don’t get me wrong, the Steelers want a win badly as we all do but this game isn’t going to make or break either team with so many weeks left. What we have to recognize is that this is the type of game Browns’ fans have been dying for for quite some time. The Steelers’ long time rivals have been itching to get back in the line with the Ravens as the Steelers’ main rivals and a win would certainly help that. For Pittsburgh this is another division game and we know the importance they place upon those. Having the Browns be a true rival once again means they have to win some games more often than they do in the series. Until they do that, it’s all a bunch of hype.
On the Injury Front
QB Ben Roethlisberger (NIR) – DNP
WR Diontae Johnson (Back) – DNP
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Knee) – DNP
LB Marcus Allen (Foot) – Full
FB Derek Watt (Hamstring) – Full
C Maurkice Pouncey (Foot) – DNP
G David DeCastro (Abs) – DNP
TE Eric Ebron (Hand) – DNP
LB T.J. Watt (Shoulder) – Limited
DE Stephon Tuitt (NIR) – DNP
LB Tae Davis (Elbow) – Limited
DT Jordan Elliott (Ankle) – Full
S Ronnie Harrison (Concussion) – DNP
RB Kareem Hunt (Thigh) – Limited
S Karl Joseph (Hamstring) – DNP
WR Jarvis Landry (Hip/Ribs) – DNP
QB Baker Mayfield (Chest) – Limited
DT Larry Ogunjobi (Abdomen) – Limited
LB Jacob Phillips (Knee) – DNP
DT Sheldon Richardson (Elbow) – Limited
G Wyatt Teller (Calf) – DNP
C JC Tretter (Knee) – Limited
DE Olivier Vernon (Groin) – Limited
THOUGHTS… Wednesday’s report is always a bit scattered and really isn’t an indicator of what is to come for the individual player. Thursday and Friday are obviously much better guides That said, keep an eye on Ronnie Harrison in concussion protocol. Also watch Pouncey, DeCastro and Johnson. (report courtesy steelers.com)
Tweet of the Day… I really don’t understand this. “For Myles???” It’s as though Garrett was the one getting his head caved in by a helmet.
#Browns Kareem Hunt: “This one’s for Myles. This one’s for Cleveland. This one’s for a lot of things. We have Myles’ back and he has ours”
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 14, 2020
All About Third Down
Last week was a perfect indication of what third down defense can do to your team’s chances of winning. The Steelers’ offense for example converted on 11 of their 15 third down chances. Conversely, the Steelers’ defense gave up 10 first downs in 14 opportunities. Keith Butler’s unit currently ranks 27th in the NFL giving up exactly 50% of their third down chances. THAT… is a recipe for disaster this week if they can’t clean it up.
I am very intrigued to see how Cleveland decides to defend Chase Claypool and here’s why. There’s a very good chance his emergence could open things up for JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Diontae Johnson if he’s healthy. Denzel Ward will likely be on JuJu and if that’s the case I think other Steelers’ receivers will benefit. If not, then JuJu could see more targets than he did recently. Either way, it is clear that Ben Roethlisberger trusts his big, young receiver so as long as Seven has time, I think we are in a good position.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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