There is no love lost in the AFC North, especially between these two bitter rivals. Browns fans may feel the pendulum swung with their domination of Pittsburgh in the 2020 playoffs. Then, the Steelers swept the regular season series last year putting this rivalry back in perspective.
Now, each team is coming off a disappointing Week 2 loss and find themselves unsettled at quarterback. We are likely to see a B1G style game tonight, to put it nicely. Big hits, lots of runs, short passes, and some amazing field goals, for sure.
Where does that leave the skill players? Let's find out!
It wasn’t easy to find a ‘buy’ from this roster, so I decided to have a little fun. Jacoby Brissett took a nice step forward last week after a lackluster performance in Carolina Week 1, but is my no means entrenched in this role.
Dobbs grabbed a helmet and started throwing during that game against the Panthers and his price went crazy. He’s worth grabbing a few shares of just in case disaster strikes.
Njoku was a target in the offseason fresh off a new, lucrative contract and with a likely path to targets since there was no clear second receiver in Cleveland.
After two weeks, Donovan Peoples-Jones looks to be taking a stranglehold of the WR2 role while Harrison Bryant continues to siphon snaps and targets. Njoku can’t find a path to production despite being on the field nearly every play and running plenty of routes.
An increasing role from weeks one to two bodes well for Bell (nice rhyme). He split time with Anthony Schwartz against Carolina before out-snapping him 20-12 against the Jets.
Playing time and route participation should continue to grow as the season progresses.
Ol’ reliable, Johnson has seen 22 targets through the Steelers’ first two games, 10 more than any other receiver. QB play may be unsteady but Johnson is sure to produce no matter the circumstances.
Hype is growing around Kenny Picketts eventual debut. So much so that his price is rising in anticipation. This is bad news for Trubiusky whose job and status as a starting QB is reaching a tenuous state. His future value and price would take a massive hit.
It’s going to happen, I can feel it. Pickens has run a route on 92% of dropbacks so far this season but has only seen five targets and caught two balls. It’s very encouraging to see him on the field so much and there’s reason to believe production is not far off.