The Pittsburgh Steelers head to Cleveland to take on the Browns under the lights of the new Thursday Night Football format. This historic rivalry has lit up over the years and this game should feature even more exciting moments. Both teams come in with a record of 1-1 after winning their week one matchups and then dropping games this past weekend.
The quarterbacks look a little different this time around as Mitchell Trubisky and Jacoby Brissett are set to battle each other. It’s a small drop off from Baker Mayfield and Ben Roethlisberger but both are capable starters in this league.
The Steelers come in with a strong defense but a questionable offense. Despite winning game one of the season, the Pittsburgh offense didn’t look overly impressive. The defense just made some excellent plays to help seal the win. The struggles continued into week two as the team could only muster 14 points and it was tough sledding all game long.
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Going up against this strong Browns defense won’t be easy and Pittsburgh will need to find a way to neutralize edge rusher Myles Garrett. He is a major problem in the league and will wreak havoc on opposing offenses. He can change the game himself so they will need to watch out for him.
As for Cleveland, they come in after blowing a game to the New York Jets in a fashion that fans know all too well. But they are at home in this matchup and can try to regroup on a short week. The defense is good but had some mental lapses last week against the Jets. Luckily for them, the Steelers offense has shown no sign of life but that doesn’t mean they can rest on their laurels. The Steelers have weapons on offense but just haven’t found any rhythm or timing to use them.
Offensively, the Browns looked much better in week two with Brissett under center. He seemed calmer in the offense and was able to get his wide receiving core more involved. Of course, the Browns still have a lethal running attack which should help them in this game. Both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt can break a game open with their schemes so look for Cleveland to rely on them.
In a matchup of divisional rivals, anything can happen. Especially on a short week.
Pittsburgh has the rush-defense to limit the Browns strength on offense so Trubisky will need to show that he can win a game. In this game with two good defenses and average offenses, expect a lower scoring affair. These teams play each other well every season so it will likely be a close game.
Not having T.J. Watt hurt the Steelers in week two against New England. The team couldn’t generate a sack and again lost a game without him in the lineup. I’m leaning Cleveland in this matchup simply because the Steelers haven’t shown much of anything on offense, and I just don’t trust Mitchell Trubisky against this Browns defense. Give me the home team to win a needed divisional game by a score of 20 to 10.