The Cleveland Browns are hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend in what should be a thrilling battle of AFC North rivals. The Browns look to even out the 2023 series record after Pittsburgh was able to squeak out a win at home in week two.
Though the Steelers have been fairly successful so far in 2023, they have quite a few weaknesses that they’ve shown throughout the first half of the season.
Pittsburgh’s defense has been horrible this season
Aside from T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith’s pass-rushing production, this Steelers defense has consistently been ranked in the bottom 10 of most major defensive categories.
Pittsburgh’s defense is currently allowing opposing offenses to average 379.7 yards per game and 5.6 yards per play, which currently rank 28th and 27th in the league respectively. They’re also dealing with a few key injuries on this side of the ball as well, which is even more of a problem for them right now.
Kenny Pickett has been lackluster for the majority of the year
Pickett has been “okay” in 2023 so far, but he’s made quite a bit of bad throws and decisions that have led to the team stalling out on offense. He has a cumulative QBR (Quarterback Rating) of 36.3 right now, which is ranked 28th among starting NFL quarterbacks.
He continues to be the epitome of a “game manager” for the Steelers, and hasn’t shown the ability to truly take over a game aside from a few 4th quarter comeback drives throughout his first two seasons.
Pittsburgh’s offense as a whole has been appalling
Yes, most of Cleveland’s problems this season have been linked to the offense, but the Steelers have been even worse of that side of the ball.
When it comes to key offensive statistics like points per game, points per play, time of possession, yards per play, and red zone scoring, the Steelers have actually been worse than the Browns.
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