Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown must be licking his chops thinking about the matchup he has against Jacksonville's porous secondary in Week 5. If he has chops. Whatever chops are.
What Brown has, according to ESPN Stats & Information (via ESPN's Scott Brown) is the most receptions and receiving yards in the NFL during the last 20 games. Brown also has 20 consecutive games with at least five catches and 50 yards, a streak that hasn't come close to ending so far this season. With the pace Brown is currently on, he'll set single-season, franchise records with 116 catches and 1,708 yards.
Those figures look to jump up a bit, as the Steelers face a Jaguars team lacking the athleticism in its secondary to handle Brown's dominance in the short-passing game, and similarly lacking the efficiency in deep coverage to match him down the field. It will depend on how the Steelers want to attack the Jags offensively, but Brown appears to present the biggest mismatch for the Jags heading into the Week 5 contest - scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. from EverBank Field in Jacksonville.
Brown's number of catches can be deemed arbitrary, considering the system in which he's playing. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger basically has a built-in option to throw short to Brown on every play, a tactic that has greatly increased Roethlisberger's completion percentage over the last two seasons. But the fact Brown still is gaining more than 14 yards per catch shows, not only is he breaking big plays on short passes, but he's going deep as well.
Brown will continue to be dogged in terms of league-wide recognition. But considering he doesn't possess the awesome size of Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall, what's important is the value he brings to the Steelers' offense. He's a weapon on any down, from any distance and at any point in the game. It'll take a true team effort by the Jaguars to contain him, and even then, he's still likely to get opportunities to make a play.