The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to face their first divisional opponent, the Cleveland Browns, in their Week 6 matchup.
I do think this game has the most potential for the Pittsburgh Steelers to lose out of all the games they have played so far this season. Make no mistake this isn’t the same Cleveland Browns team that we have dominated for the last 20 years. With a good quality head coach, that can finally utilize the plethora of weapons that Baker Mayfield has at his disposal, this isn’t a team that should be underestimated.
The Browns got woken up fast after an astonishing blow out loss to the Ravens mustering a measly 6 points. Yet, their offense has shifted gears and scored over 30 points in every game since Week 1. Relying on what has so far been the most productive running attack in the league in 2020 to get things going, they have utilized their talented backfield to not only score points, and move the chains, but they have used it to get their play-action game going. Baker Mayfield has an astonishing 150.2 passer rating out of the bootleg. With them utilizing the play-action concept on over a third of Baker’s dropbacks, having such a strong rushing attack has been key to the success of this offense.
We can’t forget to mention how great their offensive line has been playing this year. They have 4 offensive linemen graded at over 77 by PFF. This is a new era in Cleveland. The new coaching staff which has been tooled to help a really talented roster succeed has removed the Cleveland-like dysfunction we are used to seeing. This will be an elite offensive line at the forefront of a great run game which sets up a tremendous amount of play-action plays.
Here’s why our Pittsburgh Steelers are up to the challenge.