Pittsburgh-Before facing the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive center Cam Heyward (Cam Heyward) said the team was not specifically targeting quarterback Baker Mayfield’s injured rib.
But he did say that the plan was to impose “good punishment.”
This is exactly what the Steelers did. They fired Mayfield four times and won 38-7 twice. This made Pittsburgh the second 5-0 start in franchise history and the first since 1978. once. The team’s record of victory this season.
Coach Mike Tomlin said: “Today is college basketball.” “They went all out and strengthened.”
However, this is not good news, because the inside guard and defensive passer Devin Bush was out of the game with a knee injury in the second quarter. The source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter (Adam Schefter) that the injury was a torn ACL and Bush would need end-of-season surgery.
The 2019 first-round pick played a defensive role until it was injured. Robert Spillane replaced him. Robert Spillane only defended once before this season.
But even without Bush, the Steelers dominate the Browns (4-2).
Heidward said of Mayfield on Wednesday: “As a D-line and defender, you have to make sure he is thinking about expediting.”
There is no doubt that this is what Mayfield has been thinking about throughout the game until he was eliminated by Case Keenum at the end of the third quarter. Mayfield’s turnover rate is as high as 52%, which is the highest result of his career.
The Steelers’ assault was an early success, with their first two getting sacks and Minkah Fitzpatrick six shots. Fitzpatrick’s interception and scoring, this is his first season of the season, giving the Steelers a 10-0 lead in just a few minutes into the first quarter. The Steelers recorded three or more sacks in six consecutive games, dating back to the 2019 final against the Ravens. The winning streak is the longest in franchise history in the 1994, 2001 and 2004 seasons.
The Steelers are also the second team in league history after the New York Giants in 1985, with at least 3 sacks and one interception in each of the first five games of the season. Before being replaced by Keanum, Mayfield completed 18 attempts for 10 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and a pass rate of 54.9.
The Browns were one of the league’s best onslaughts, but were ultimately shut down by the Steelers. The Steelers managed to balance the pressure on Mayfield to make Karim Hunt perform better than a week ago, when they faced running Miles Sanders and the Eagles.
Hunter averaged 3.1 yards per carry and picked up 40 yards in 13 carry.
Instead, the Steelers prevailed in Cleveland’s low-level security. James Conner scored 101 yards in 20 goals and scored the team’s first offensive touchdown with a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. Receiver Chase Claypool and running Jr. Benny Snell Jr. also scored scoring sprints in this blowout victory.
After a terrible offensive performance in a game without Ben Roethlisberger last season, the Steelers scored at least 26 points in the first five games for the first time in franchise history. Last season, the team scored 26 points or more in just four games.