Below are seven matchups or things to look for on Thursday night as the Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns.
Burnett Time – William Gay suffered a concussion against the Raiders and once again played poorly as well. Mike Tomlin hinted of some shake ups and Joe Burnett may get the start tonight in place of Gay. Burnett could be the future at the spot, but he needs to take advantage of the situation if given the chance.
Sly As A Fox – Keyaron Fox has progressed nicely and could see more snaps on defense because of it. The Steelers need better play from the linebackers and Fox could shine tonight.
Sweed Contributions – If indeed Hines Ward is held out with a hamstring strain, Limas Sweed may have one final shot to prove he belongs on this team. Santonio Holmes will likely draw double coverage, so Sweed should see some one on one matchups in the game. He has to make plays tonight. It could be the final nail in his coffin if he doesn\’t.
Foster On The Right – Ramon Foster has been one of the few bright spots for the Steelers this year. He filled in admirably at left guard when Chris Kemoeatu was out and may get a look in place of Trai Essex tonight. Being a swing guy is tough, but Foster seems up to the task. It will be intersting to watch if he gets right side guard work.
Silverback Versus Thomas – Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is one of the best left tackles in the game. James Harrison will be chipped on all night. Harrison needs to use his speed and finesse to get around Thomas and get pressure on Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.
Redzone Conversions – The Steelers redzone conversions have gone backwards as of late, especially early in games. The offense must get 7 points instead of 3 points as the defense needs as big of cushion as they can get. Ben Roethlisberger must be smarter with the football and not take unnecessary sacks or throw interceptions.
Smarter Tomlin – Mike Tomlin needs to start making better in-game decisions. The weather will be nasty tonight, so field position could play a huge role. No long field goals should be attempted and no stupid 4th down decisions need to be made.