Is There Real Worry For Sunday?

Gauging the level of concern against Cleveland

Matt Koll
September 07, 2018 - 12:02 pm
Steelers and Browns fans

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- There are some factors going against the Steelers for their 2018 season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

A back-up running back in James Conner is going to start. Tight end Vance McDonald hasn't seen the field yet this season due to injury. Rookie wide receiver James Washington had showed promise during the preseason but got banged up. Star receiver Antonio Brown didn't get on the field in the preseason (although neither did Julio Jones of Atlanta and he caught 10 passes for 169 yards Thursday night), the defense is employing a different look this year, the linebacker corp hasn't shown it has replaced the loss of Ryan Shazier and the Steelers will start a rookie safety in first round pick Terrell Edmunds. 

Oh! And who knows when Le'Veon Bell will show up and we all know he's ruffled some feathers lately.    

All of these things figure to be working against the black and gold. But does it all offset because they are playing the Cleveland Browns?

The Fan Morning Show with Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack said...in a nutshell...yes. 

Chris says that if it was a game in Foxborough against the Patriots, people would be freaking out. But it's the Browns so the feel is more like, "eh, they'll figure it out."

Colin says you worry about all of these things and then you see "CLE" on the schedule and you naturally relax a little. 

The guys both say that until the Browns show they are different than the team that not only perpetually loses this matchup but also perputually loses in general, they aren't buying the hype. 

The Browns have gotten a lot of attention this offseason between adding pieces like Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield, Carlos Hyde, Jarvis Landry, a renewed Josh Gordon and a finally healthy Myles Garrett while also being featured on HBO's Hard Knocks. 

The Browns have become a dark hose candidate to maybe just maaaaybe get close to .500. 

Colin and Chris will believe it when they see it. Until then, treat this as any Browns week. Expect Ben Roethlisberger, the winningest quarterback in FirstEnergy Stadium history, to take care of business as always. 

If it was any other team though, there would be serious concern. Kind of an ominous thought heading into the rest of the regular season. 

You agree?

 

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