The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the road against the Cleveland Browns for Thursday Night Football. Here’s everything you need to know for tonight’s game.
With both the Steelers and Browns sitting at 1-1 and coming off Week 2 losses, this divisional game could have lasting implications on the standings in the AFC North. In their current state, neither team can afford to drop a big divisional game, and they each have a chance to claim first place in the North after tonight.
These two teams haven’t had much time to prepare for each other on a short week, but they know each other very well. Here’s tonight’s streaming schedule for Steelers vs Browns on Thursday Night Football and what to watch for in this pivotal matchup:
Steelers vs Browns live streaming
Tonight’s Steelers vs Browns game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. Eastern Time at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Unfortunately, fans without an Amazon Prime subscription or fast enough internet speeds are out of luck, as the game will be streamed exclusively on Prime Video. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3.5-point underdogs prior to kickoff.
How to watch Steelers vs Browns
There will be some key things to watch for this week — none bigger than Pittsburgh’s passing offense. The combination of Mitch Trubisky and Matt Canada has made for some very unimpressive offensive performances against the Bengals and Patriots to begin the 2022 season.
On a short week, the Steelers probably didn’t have time to make any major changes, but we do need to see Trubisky utilize the middle of the field more often. This won’t happen until Canada is willing to loosen the reigns and scrap some of his scripted plays.
Mike Tomlin knows this stagnant offense must improve. Look for Pittsburgh to be a bit more aggressive against a suspect Cleveland secondary tonight. Trubisky will almost certainly be in the hot seat if he has a third dismal performance in a row to begin the 2022 season.
Steelers vs Browns key matchups
OT Dan Moore vs EDGE Myles Garrett
Steelers fans shouldn’t expect Moore to flat-out win this matchup tonight (even if Pittsburgh offers help). Rather, simply containing Myles Garrett for most of the game should be considered a win. The last time these teams faced, they left Dan Moore on an island against one of the league’s best pass rushers. They need to chip Garrett often to avoid potential game-wrecking plays tonight.
Steelers run defense vs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt
One thing that could really hurt Pittsburgh’s chances of pulling off a win tonight is if they allow Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to feed on the ground. This duo of star running backs combined for nearly 200 all-purpose yards last week against the Jets. The Browns are currently 1st in the NFL in rushing yards per game, so the Steelers need to stack the box often tonight.
George Pickens vs Browns cornerbacks
One player we have rarely seen involved in the Steelers offense so far is WR George Pickens. Despite an extremely promising training camp and preseason, the rookie receiver has just 2 receptions for 26 yards so far on the season. Cleveland’s secondary has been exploited often during the first two weeks (by the likes of Baker Mayfield and Joe Flacco, no less), and Denzel Ward is not playing at the high level we are used to seeing. Pittsburgh should capitalize by getting Pickens involved early and often and allowing him to work down the field and across the middle.