The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off their bye week in which they saw themselves elevated to the top of the AFC North. They look to widen their division lead with a win over Cleveland.
The odds of this game ending in another tie have to be astronomical. Not only just because of pure mathematics and probability, but the Steelers won’t let this come down to the wire in overtime again.
This team is playing different football than they were in Week One. The offense is much more efficient and the defense seems to have buffed out a few kinks, but with work to still be done. Either way you cut it, the Steelers are definitely looking more like who we thought they were lately.
The Browns are not not the same as they were in Week One either. First overall pick Baker Mayfield is the signal caller now, and Carlos Hyde and Josh Gordon are gone. The Browns are struggling with a 2-4-1 record, but by no means will they be an easy win. They have been competitive in just about every one of their games.
Here are three players that could make a big difference in the game Sunday at Heinz Field.
After his first start with a win over the Jets, people were ready to crown him as the Browns savior. He has definitely regressed since then.
This doesn’t take away from the fact that of all the things Baker Mayfield is or isn’t, he’s definitely a fierce competitor. He has a knack for making big plays when his team needs him to, so his performance must be looked at past the numbers on the stat sheet.
His skill set could be difficult for the Steelers to defend. If he gets outside the pocket, he’s dangerous. He has the ability to make difficult, accurate throws down the field or take off and run. He’s also not afraid to take off prematurely to throw the defense off guard.
While his six touchdowns to five interceptions is not ideal, his willingness to throw balls into risky areas could pay off against a Steelers secondary that has struggled this season. If the secondary can’t play good coverage, Mayfield could easily be in line for a big day.