Antonio Brown vs. Denzel Ward
Welcome to the NFL, Denzel Ward.
All you’ve got to do is stop arguably the best wide receiver in the game.
But this is why Cleveland made the local product the fourth overall pick in last spring’s draft.
Ward doesn’t have to shut out Brown, because with all of the league’s rule favoring quarterbacks, receivers and the offense in general, it’s not fair to expect the former Buckeye to keep Brown quiet.
Perhaps he can limit Brown’s production though.
What do I mean by this?
Think back to Week 1 last year. The Steelers kind of lulled their way through the game and the Browns hung around.
Then the second-half started and with 8:07 remaining in the third quarter, Big Ben targeted Brown with the Steelers up just 14-10.
The pass went incomplete, but Jason McCourty was flagged for a 41-yard pass interference penalty. The foul moved the ball from the Steelers 41 to the Browns 18. Moments later, Pittsburgh scored. taking a two-possession lead.
In the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger found Brown five times for 80 yards as the Steelers extended drives and crushing the hopes of the defense in the process.
It really can be the difference between winning and losing.
Pass interference penalties of 41 yards