Three Keys to Cleveland Browns Victory Over Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL Week 8

Three Keys to Cleveland Browns Victory Over Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL Week 8

Nick Pedone
2 years ago
2 min read

The Cleveland Browns will welcome a familiar rival to FirstEnergy Stadium on Halloween. 

Here are three keys to victory for the Browns to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Pressure Big Ben Roethlisberger

Despite an inexperienced and relatively bad offensive line, Roethlisberger has only been sacked 12 times so far this season. That's the lowest amount of sacks, tied with Jacoby Brissett.

For Pittsburgh's front, things look a little different now. They're without Alejandro Villanueva, who starts for Baltimore, and Maurkice Pouncey, who retired after last year's playoff meltdown.

Myles Garrett will come into this contest leading the NFL with 9.5 sacks this season. Surely he would love to get ahold of Roethlisberger again, but his counterparts, Jadeveon Clowney and Takk McKinley are both questionable.

In his old age, Roethlisberger looks to dump the ball of quickly. When he doesn't, the Browns need to give him some Halloween nightmares.

Create & Prevent Turnovers

The story of this game could likely come down to which team had a cleaner outing.

Both the Browns and the Steelers have struggled to generate turnovers defensively, just five a piece through the first eight weeks. Defensively, the Browns need to show up for this game.

In the massive playoff upset against the Steelers, Roethlisberger threw four interceptions and lost the ball that was snapped over his head. The Steelers are without JuJu Smith-Schuster for the season, so it'll just be Dionte Johnson and Chase Claypool.

The Browns must find a way to make Pittsburgh pay for their mistakes, even without Denzel Ward available.

Nick Freakin' Chubb

The gameplan for head coach Kevin Stefanski should be quite simple. Feed the rock to Nick Chubb and D'Ernest Johnson.

Baker Mayfield will start for the Browns and will be wearing a bulkier harness on his left shoulder. Stefanski needs to make life as easy as possible on his banged up quarterback by feeding a healthy and rested Chubb.

When the Browns do pass, they should utilize the short-to-medium game where we saw Case Keenum thrive on Thursday Night Football against the Broncos. Get Jarvus Landry, Austin Hooper, and David Njoku rolling in the short-yardage passing game, run the ball, and walk away with a sweet victory over Pittsburgh.

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