5 reasons the Pittsburgh Steelers will win their Week 6 matchup vs. Browns
Aside from Myles Garrett the rest of the Cleveland Browns defense isn’t necessarily the cream of the crop.
I’m not saying the Browns are bad on defense. After all, they are leading the league in turnovers. That being said, their pass rush isn’t that great. Even with Myles Garrett who is second in the league in sacks, they are only 14th in the league in sacks per game. Part of this has to do with the nagging injuries to Olivier Vernon and Larry Ogunjobi. Yet, the bigger issue is that they don’t really have a star to compliment Garrett.
The other intriguing aspect of this defensive roster is the lack of another star talent over the middle. They never replaced Joe Schobert and Mack Wilson has not developed into the type of player they hoped. Multiple strong safeties are injured, and then that leaves Denzel Ward. Ward is a tremendous talent as a cornerback. However, Terrence Mitchell isn’t close to the level of Ward, and Greedy Williams is on IR. They have little help opposite of Ward, and with the injuries at the safety spot, there isn’t a lot of help over the middle of the field.
Aside from the turnovers they have generated, a good rush defense, and Myles Garrett’s performance the pass defense has a bit to be desired. They rank 30th in the NFL in passing yards per game. They rank 30th in passing touchdowns allowed per game as well. While they are middle of the pack in terms of completions per game. This defense isn’t tooled to handle the number of playmakers Pittsburgh has at their disposal. They have big-play threats at every skill position, along with role players that fill in and give a variety of different problems for defensive coordinators to have to answer each week.
If Ben sticks to the status quo and gets the ball out quickly while avoiding mistakes as he has done all season. He should gash this Cleveland defense. The emergence of Chase Claypool in Week 5 has only added to the pile of things that Cleveland has to prepare for and thus it creates a classic pick your poison dilemma in Week 6.