Cleveland Browns: How to Win Wild Card game in Pittsburgh
The Cleveland Browns are in the playoffs and will need a big team effort in order to down the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.
This Wild Card game is the third meeting between the two teams this season. The series is tied at a game apiece.
The Browns won 11 games under first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski and reached the postseason after topping the Steelers this past Sunday.
The Browns have worked hard for this moment as they have drafted well. They also have a nice running back tandem in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Baker Mayfield also has 26 touchdown passes to go along with eight picks this season.
Let’s examine how the Browns can advance to the second round of the NFL postseason.
Run and Run Some More
Cleveland showed they are able to run the football against this Steelers defense, but will they do it consistently now that T.J. Watt and Cam Heyward are expected to return this week?
In the first meeting between the two squads, the Browns top rusher was Kareem Hunt who tallied 40 yards on 13 carries.
Chubb didn’t play in the game because he was on IR due to a knee injury.
In the second meeting, with Pittsburgh resting some key starters, Chubb zipped for 108 yards on 14 attempts and tacked on a TD.
If the Browns want to advance they will need some burst of energy from its running game.
Attack the Pitt Secondary
The Cleveland Browns have to attack the Steelers secondary, especially since cornerback Joe Haden is out with the coronavirus.
The Pitt secondary has improved, but it is still one of the weak spots of this Steeler team.
Multiple quarterbacks have damaged this Pitt defense through the air this season.
From Carson Wentz and Jeff Driskel to Deshaun Watson and Josh Allen, QBs in the NFL have found holes in the black and yellow’s secondary.
I would expect Baker Mayfield to make some good throws in this matchup on Sunday night, but without guard Joel Bitonio, it will be an even tougher task.
Plus, play-caller and head coach Kevin Stefanski won’t be available for the ball game, which also hurts Baker.
Mike Priefer, 54, will serve as the Browns head coach this week. He is the Cleveland special teams coordinator.
Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt will be the play-caller for the Wild Card game for the Browns.
Disrupt the Flow of the Game
We know Pittsburgh likes to throw the ball to its playmakers, but if Cleveland can hit Ben Roethlisberger that changes the flow of the Steelers offense.
If the Browns secondary shows up and breaks up a few passes or takes the ball away that also gives the Browns a better shot at winning this playoff game at Heinz Field.
However, in order for the Cleveland Browns to win this football game, a lot has to go right.
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