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Cleveland at Pittsburgh
The Browns have been instantly remade in new coach Kevin Stefanski’s image, grounding the ball at a thunderous pace (52% of snaps) and with incredible efficiency (5.4 yards per running back carry). With Nick Chubb still shelved, Kareem Hunt leads the backfield comfortably, and he’s looked every bit as explosive as advertised. He offers both quickness to the edge and leg drive in the hole; absorbing Chubb’s lead role is no stretch for Hunt. Most importantly, he works well behind the Browns’ revamped and much-improved front line. Boasting a handful of road graders both inside and out, this line has climbed from the NFL dregs to seventh in our Matt Bitonti’s line rankings - with an A+ run-blocking grade.
The Steelers run defense isn’t immune to the occasional lapse. For several years, coordinator Keith Butler‘s scheme has struggled with quick-footed runners, leading to some unexpectedly leaky weeks. But here in 2020, all we’ve seen is a truly suffocating unit, one capable of keeping elite backs like Saquon Barkley under wraps on their better days. Apart from Miles Sanders’ 74-yard scamper last week, running backs have totaled just 130 yards over 4 games, at an anemic 2.1 per rush. It all starts up front, where All-Pro Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt anchor an iron-clad front line. Linebackers Devin Bush and Vince Williams aren’t flawless inside, but they’re typically kept clean and in pursuit by that dominant front. That’s where Bush shines, of course: he’s a tremendous athlete capable of chasing down runs on either side of the line. The chess match in the trenches between the mauling Browns and the gap-shooting Steelers should be fascinating - though the Steelers do tend to win these matchups, if not dominate them.