October 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, United States; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws under pressure against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter at Heinz Field Mandatory Credit: Philip G Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 28: Ben Roethlisberger # 7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against the Cleveland Browns on October 28, 2018 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Justin K Aller / Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers are unbeaten and Cleveland Browns are 4-1 and headed for AFC North showdown in Pittsburgh It has been a long time since there has been a significant rivalry, even though the passion is not lacking along the way
Usually in Week 6, Browns fans eagerly look to the college ranks for college quarterbacks that can be drafted with a high pick in the first-round draft The Steelers, on the other hand, are generally keen on being drafted. ensure they will have a field advantage over the New England Patriots
After watching a fiery Browns game against the Bengals earlier this season, this author wrote that, based mostly on the eyeball test, the AFC North could be very strong this year and that three teams could finish 500 and Cincinnati could win games Well we’re here in week 6 and the division is 13-5
This game means something, and maybe someone in that division is playing some decent football to win some of those 13 games.There is still a lot of support for Kansas City, Tennessee and New England, but it may be that the AFC North is really the deepest division in the AFC, if not the whole NFL Either way, the Steelers are back and the Browns are coming.This is the hottest game fans have had in years
This analyst isn’t saying the Browns are better than the Steelers or the Ravens at this point, but he’s saying the Browns are improving, Kevin Stefanski’s system is working, Andrew Berry is the right GM, and Dee Haslam’s contribution is essential to the property function The same old Browns? Barely
Now let’s talk about Sunday’s game between two very good teams Three X factors are brought to your attention These are factors that are not very obvious at the moment, but could take on more importance on Sunday
First, is Joe Haden still Joe Haden? Joe Haden’s deliberate loss to the Steelers in 2017 was another shadow cast over the franchise. He went on to have three exceptional years for the Steelers, but is he still playing at the same level? Or is it finally time for the Browns to start targeting him?
Second, will Ray-Ray McCloud prove to be a lag from the Browns’ fifth-best DB? McCloud is the No. 5 wide receiver, but the Browns are very thin right now and might struggle to find five healthy defensive backs
Third, can current Brown and former Steeler Chris Hubbard glue the offensive line together? OL are the strength of the team and have been damaged by the loss of The Pancake Man, Wyatt Teller Teller has been the most improved Cleveland Brown this season, but Chris Hubbard has also been greatly improved Can he hold on for the five fabulous?
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