If Mike Tomlin was hoping to exploit the Browns secondary Thursday night and open up the Steelers offense a little, mother nature might have something to say about that.
Possible rain and high winds are expected in Cleveland during the game, with winds reaching over 30mph.
That would certainly hinder Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky from getting the ball down the field to his talented, but underutilized or misused receivers.
Matt Canada’s offensive scheme that first two games has not including many deep passes or passes down the middle.
Opening up the offense may have been just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Steelers, who have managed only two offensive touchdowns in as many games this season.
The Browns safeties and cornerbacks have given up huge plays in their first two games of the season, including three touchdowns against Joe Flacco and the New York Jets on Sunday.
With a short week for the Browns, the Steelers could’ve attempted to exploit them as well, but you can’t control the weather.
Now, both teams will likely rely on the run, with Cleveland having the advantage with running backs Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb, that is if Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski doesn’t give up on the run game like he surprisingly did against the Steelers last season.
But the Steelers run defense has looking a lot better in the first two games.
Whatever happens, it’s setting up to be a classic and ugly game between two bitter rivals.