Steelers Need More Offense to Stay Ahead of Ravens, Browns


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Eric Ebron #85 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his landing with James Washington #13 throughout the second quarter in opposition to the Houston Texans at Heinz Area on September 27, 2020,

To date, so good for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As of immediately, Pittsburgh is undefeated and alone atop the AFC North with a Three-Zero document. However the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns are each Three-1, with Cleveland off to its greatest begin since 2001. In the meantime, Cincinnati (1-2-1) is trying aggressive; in actual fact, the Bengals could be tied for first place in the event that they have been within the NFC East.

However Pittsburgh will in all probability want extra from its offense going ahead if it hopes to keep atop the AFC North. The Browns are averaging 31 factors per recreation whereas the Ravens are placing up 30.5 PPG, this as in contrast to the Steelers, with a 26.6 PPG common via three contests.

But Pittsburgh hasn’t scored 30 factors in a recreation in its final 23 contests, which is the longest such drought within the NFL, in accordance to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Submit-Gazette.

This in a league the place scoring factors in bunches is extra vital than ever earlier than. Heck, Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott handed for over 500 yards on Sunday and his staff misplaced to the Browns by 11 factors, 49-38.

Cleveland’s Offense

For his or her half, the Browns have been thriving with a dominant floor recreation. The Browns at the moment lead the NFL in speeding yards (818), speeding common (5.88) and speeding touchdowns (eight). That has made life simpler for QB Baker Mayfield, who has accomplished 72 of 115 passes (62.6 p.c) for 729 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

It stays to be seen how Cleveland’s offense will fare with out operating again Nick Chubb, who suffered an MCL harm in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys and will probably be positioned on injured reserve.

Chubb was second within the NFL in speeding yards final season and he had 355 yards and 4 touchdowns this yr earlier than struggling his harm. With out him the Browns will depend on the trio of Kareem Hunt, D’Ernest Johnson and Dontrell Hilliard, who’ve mixed to rush for 394 yards this season.

Baltimore’s Offense

In the meantime, Baltimore’s offense continues to be pushed by its floor recreation. The Ravens are speeding for 160.eight yards per contest, good for fourth within the NFL. Quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the way in which with 39 carries for 235 yards, however the Ravens even have two operating backs who common greater than six yards per carry in Gus Edwards and rookie J.Okay. Dobbins. Major ball service Mark Ingram isn’t doing badly, both, with 34 carries for 148 yards (four.four YPC) and two touchdowns.

In flip, that has helped Jackson go the ball successfully (besides in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, when he was held to profession low in passing yards). Total, Jackson has accomplished 67 of 98 passes for 769 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception.

Subsequent up on the schedule for the Ravens is the Bengals, who’re discovering success on offense with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. On Sunday Burrow turned the primary rookie in NFL historical past with at the very least 300 passing yards in three consecutive video games throughout his staff’s 33-25 win over Jacksonville.

Steelers vs. the AFC North

In the meantime, Pittsburgh doesn’t start its AFC North schedule till Sunday October 18 with a house recreation in opposition to the Browns. After the Cleveland recreation the Steelers will journey to Nashville to play the rescheduled recreation in opposition to the Tennessee Titans. Then comes a go to to Baltimore to tackle the Ravens on November 1.

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