Before we get to the recap, take a look at last week and the stats this year:
Baltimore 17, Pittsburgh 14
Passing: Batch: 12/21, 141 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Mendenhall: 25 car, 79 yards, 2 TD
Receiving: Randle El: 2 rec, 50 yards, 0 TD
Cleveland 23, Cincinnati 20
Passing: Wallace: 18/30, 184 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Hillis: 27 car, 102 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Boldin: 6 rec, 60 yards, 0 TD
Offense (rank in NFL)
Pittsburgh: 269.5 yards/game (29th)
Cleveland: 301.4 yards/game (25th)
Pittsburgh: 136 yards/game (32nd)
Cleveland: 198.6 yards/game (22nd)
Pittsburgh: 133.5 yards/game (8th)
Cleveland: 102.8 yards/game (22nd)
Pittsburgh: 21.5 points/game (10th)
Cleveland: 15.6 points/game (30th)
Pittsburgh: 289 yards/game (4th)
Cleveland: 343.2 yards/game (21st)
Pittsburgh: 62.3 yards/game (1st)
Cleveland: 120 yards/game (23rd)
Pittsburgh: 226.8 yards/game (20th)
Cleveland: 223.2 yards/game (18th)
Pittsburgh: 12.5 points/game (1st)
Cleveland: 19.4 points/game (13th)
It's Browns week! Um, yea, doesn't have the same effect as my last game day does it? Just saying Browns feels kinda dirty doesn't it? It does to me.
This will be a brief game day as I am pulling this all together in one sit down, but there really isn't all too much to say about this game. Just the main headlines and you don't have much else. When it boils down to it this is a very winnable game for the Steelers and a great opportunity to get back in sync after a bye week.
Oh yea, guess who's back:
Just for some context, this is what we had:
And this is what we now have:
So word is that former Texas Longhorns quarterback Colty McCoy is going to start for the Browns. Good Christ. Rookie quarterback against the top ranked rush defense. I know you are probably saying "Cory, what does rush defense have to do with how a quarterback is going to do. Let me explain. When you make a team one dimensional it is very hard for that said football team to win the game. You stuff the run early and you force the quarterback to beat you. So thus, stopping the run game will force Colt McCoy to beat the Steelers.
Does Colt have it in him? I mean he was a prolific passer at the University of Texas for four year so he defiantly has talent. The real question is does he have the talent around him? I am doubting that. Outside of a lineman (and I mean like one lineman) and Josh Cribbs there isn't much there on the offensive side of the ball for the Browns. Lets not forget that he is playing not just against the best defense in the NFL, but he is playing against Dick Lebeau.
You might see something like this when Silverback comes off his end position on a third and medium:
You might be laughing (because that is funny as hell) but truly James Harrison has done that to quarterbacks before. Ask Vince Young.
On the real thought, there isn't much there for Colt McCoy to throw to. Hillis might be some help on the ground game but he is banged up and their wide receivers are pedestrian at best. Ben Watson is their big target. Watson is the Browns tight end and you can probably expect him to catch a few balls. Tight ends seem to have pretty decent games against the Steelers and with Watson being the top target I can see him catching a few balls.
Outside of Watson there is Josh Cribbs and Chansi Stuckey. Cribbs will probably see more work in the backfield and Stuckey is marginal at best.
Cribbs will mostly be used in the wildcat. Earlier in the week he was spouting off abotu how they could run wildcat all game if they had to and he would be fine with that. He also said he likes to get hit and he won't mind taking a lick. Good luck with that Josh. To be fair the Browns have had success with Cribbs in the wildcat against the Steelers. I would expect that the Steelers worked extra on that since they know they will probably get more of it than usually with a rookie quarterback in the wings.
I would talk about the Cleveland defense, but I don't really care.
Prediction: Steelers 31, Browns 10. Colt McCoy somehow escapes alive. Not sure how.
Here We Go.