The Cleveland Browns are going to need to rely on these three offensive players to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cleveland Browns are set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday and they’re going to need several offensive players to step up and be more consistent week in and week out. Yes, it was good to see Amari Cooper and Jacoby Brissett step up against the New York Jets, but their defense wasn’t great.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, on the other hand, are a very good and deep defense. They’re faster, more vicious, and can blitz you from a dozen different angles. So this is not going to be a cakewalk. I fully expect the offense as a whole to take a step back in terms of production this week.
And for the sake of keeping things fresh, Nick Chubb is obviously someone who the team will need to rely on, but for the sake of some diversity by keeping things fresh and adding a little bit of intrigue, he won’t be counted on the list.
Three Cleveland Browns offensive players who need to step up against the Pittsburgh Steelers
Amari Cooper had a nice game, but he didn’t really blow the roof off of the Jets. The team still needs to get other people involved so Cooper can go deep on guys, and to do just that Donovan Peoples-Jones has to be more involved. Maybe he is inconsistent and doesn’t get open all that often. Maybe he is open all the time and Brissett just can’t get him the ball. Who knows? Who cares? Fix it. Find more than one guy per game, Brissett.
Different week, same issue. Where is David Njoku? If we have to gameplan Njoku to be open, as the safety net of the offense, then we have issues with the offense. Njoku should be an easy target to hit, hell even Baker Mayfield found him more than Brissett. So what’s Brissett’s excuse? Either Brissett can’t spread the ball around as needed, or Njoku is a waste of money. Both can be true, and that seems to be the case here.
The running game and pass blocking have been inconsistent for the last two weeks. Jedrick Wills, Ethan Pocic, and James Hudson have been passable at best and chopping block meat at worst. Conklin has to return to form and help rejuvenate the rushing game. The Browns can’t afford to be out-rushed for three quarters against the Steelers. That’s just going to end badly for the Browns.