The Steelers have a lot to prove this week, but here are three players who are capable of taking over against Cleveland on Sunday.
Cleveland may have gotten the best of Pittsburgh in their Week 17 contest, but that’s only because the Steelers had nothing to play for. With the AFC North title already in hand, Mike Tomlin chose to rest a handful of his best starters. That will not be the case this week for the Steelers.
With all of the injuries and COVID-19 cases surrounding Cleveland, Pittsburgh will clearly have the upper hand in this contest. Though the initial betting line favored the Steelers by just 3.5 points, courtesy of The Action Network, the cap has now widened as we approach game day.
As a unit, the Steelers should hold the competitive edge in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and while this could be a close contest, Pittsburgh has three players who could wreak havoc early and often against the Browns in the Wild Card round of the playoffs this week:
EDGE T.J. Watt
The first name on this list should come as no surprise to you. Though Jack Conklin is one of the best right tackles in the game, T.J. Watt got the best of him the first time around. The All-Pro edge defender may have recorded just 3 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 quarterback hit in the blowout victory the first time around back in Week 6, he manhandled Conklin and routinely disrupted the pocket.
Now, with a week of rest under his belt for the first time since playing 12 straight games, Watt will be well-rested and rearing to go against a banged-up right tackle who finds himself on the injury report with a knee injury. Though Jack Conklin is expected to play, he shouldn’t be expected to contain the potential Defensive Player of the Year without sending lots of extra help his way. Look for Watt to win early and often in this contest.