3. Can the Steelers cover tight ends?
The Browns offense is designed heavily around the run, stopping that will be priority. In terms of a passing attack, this team relies heavily on their tight ends. Their top three options could all likely start on most teams, and the Browns consistently get them involved in the passing game.
David Njoku has seen his role with Cleveland suddenly skyrocket while Austin Hooper has maintained himself as a safety valve and check-down option. Harrison Bryant has been a regular contributor as their third option there as well. All three can hurt you in the passing game, and with the Browns receivers being inconsistent, the tight ends will likely be the focal point of this passing offense.
The Steelers do have a decent coverage linebacker in Joe Schobert, but Devin Bush has seemingly regressed there this season. Add in the versatility using so many tight ends gives in a run-heavy team (they can essentially pass or run out of most sets) and predicting this offense can get tricky. The Steelers will have to focus on covering and limiting this trio of talented tight ends this week if they want a shot at winning.