The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Denver Broncos in regular season action, Antonio Brown had one of the greatest games of his NFL career. Finishing the day with 16 receptions for 189-yards and two touchdowns, the Steelers star receiver destroyed a Broncos team that possessed the leagues No.1 pass defense at the time.
Almost three years on from that game, the man charged with trying to cover Brown back then still seems to be motivated by the torment he suffered at Mile High Stadium. When speaking to the media earlier in the week, while Chris Harris Jr. was willing to accept some of the blame for what happened in Week 15 of 2015, he appears confident Brown will not come close to repeating the feat this time around. As reported by Arnie Stapleton of the Denver Post.
I didn’t have a good game that night. It was tough that game. It was pretty much on me that game. We didn’t have anybody in our secondary that game. I think all my safeties were gone. I think I was out there with (Josh) Bush and (Shiloh) Keo, so that was a hard game. It won’t be anything like that again.”
While Harris acknowledges that Brown is a talent receiver, it would seem he also believes the referees allow him to get away with some things on game day.
“He has great route-running and they let him play. They let him play a little bit at the top of the routes. Also what he does, Big Ben (Roethlisberger) extends a lot of time for him and then he can kind of free-lance and get deep.”
Expecting Ben Roethlisberger to test him early and often, Harris also appears to think a lot of the passes thrown his way will be up for grabs.
“I know I’ve got like 12 to 15 chances to get picks, and my goal is to come out with one or two.”
The Broncos cornerback might want to be careful what he wishes for on Sunday and if Roethlisberger really is throwing 12 to 15 passes his way, it is a fair bet Brown will be the one coming down with most of them. Harris may be gunning for No.84 in this rematch, but it will be business as usual for Brown in Week 12.
“Everybody wants a shot at me, man. That’s just my life.”