The 3-2-1 Steelers finally feel like they are on the right track and look to avenge an embarrassing tie with Cleveland on Sunday at Heinz Field in a key AFC North showdown. The Browns enter Heinz Field with three key rookies Nick Chubb, Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward, Todd Haley and a head coach on the hot seat.
With this storyline and more, I’ve compiled a list of predictions (some basic, and some utterly idiotic) to look for in this Week-8 contest:
- Ben Roethlisberger gets picked only once and records his fifth 300-yard game of the season.
- Denzell Ward doesn’t get his two picks like in the opener, but keeps Antonio Brown in check for the most part.
- Not sure whether to gear his TD celebration towards the birthdays of Julia Roberts, Jonas Salk or Caitlyn Jenner, JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrates his first quarter TD by commemorating President Grover Cleveland’s 1886 dedication of the Statue of Liberty and the subsequent initial ticker tape parade.
- Baker Mayfield throws for nearly 300 yards against the Steelers defense, but no Josh Gordon gives the Steeler secondary an advantage.
- Artie Burns gets a reprieve from his adversity and picks off the rookie phenom.
- Myles Garrett is the first pass rusher to penetrate the line and sack Ben Roethlisberger in nearly a month, doing it three times.
- Jon Bostic picks up a Cam Heyward strip sack of Mayfield and returns it for a score.
- The Steelers running game continues to set up the pass as James Conner has his fourth hundred-yard game of the season.
- Le’Veon Bell does not suit up but debuts his latest rap single, U Can’t Trade This, at a vacant Toys R Us in Monroeville
- The Steelers eclipse six sacks as a team, with T.J. Watt getting two of them.
- Chris Boswell’s season continues to straighten out with a perfect kicking day.
- Bearing management to the pinch, Hue Jackson fires himself after the game.
- Despite some struggles against a good defense, Pittsburgh pulls away in the second half. Steelers 31 Browns 20.
- In other AFC North games, Cincinnati and BMore both getback on the winning track against a Tampa and Carolina respectively.
Will any of this actually happen? I’ll bet at least one or two. Heck, maybe every one of them. Be sure to post your predictions — basic or bizarre — below.