The Pittsburgh Steelers made a statement vs. their AFC North rival the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. As if the 38-7 final score wasn’t enough, it was the defensive performance which absolutely stole the show.
Not only did Keith Butler’s almost pitch a shut out against the then 4-1 Browns with names like Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Kareem Hunt, they absolutely dominated on third downs.
What does dominance look like? How about holding the Browns to 1-for-12 on third downs. In fact, the tone was set when Mayfield’s first third down pass was picked off by Minkah Fitzpatrick and taken back to the house for a touchdown.
In the blink of an eye it was 10-0 Steelers, and the game already felt out of reach. But what did the Steelers do in particular to confuse and frustrate the Browns’ offense? NFL Network’s analyst Brian Baldinger broke down the Steelers’ third down dominance in one of his famous ‘Baldy’s Breakdowns’.
Check it out below:
@steelers showed the @Browns a little bit about #defense in this contest from the first 3rd down of the game smothering the #dawgpound for 60 minutes #steelers #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/U7Cc6ryqHA— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 19, 2020
With the Steelers now 5-0, they have another huge test ahead of them, on the road, in the form of the 5-0 Tennessee Titans. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes on the black and gold as they prepare for Week 7.