5 thing to watch for vs. the Browns

What to keep an eye on in regular-season game No. 9 against the Browns:


Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Browns heading into the Week 10 contest at Heinz Field.

DEFENSIVE BOUNCE-BACK:** The Steelers beat the Raiders last Sunday but they gave up 440 total net yards and 35 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter after they had assumed a 14-point, fourth quarter lead. DE Cam Heyward and SS Will Allen were among those who let it be known they weren't happy about that.

SITUATIONAL DEFENSE: Head coach Mike Tomlin will be looking for the Steelers to create more pressure on third downs in an effort to clamp down defensively. In particular, Tomlin wants to see the Steelers be "more competitive in one-on-one rush opportunities."


UP TO SPEED:** Newly-acquired WR Jacoby Jones returned four kickoffs and two punts for the Steelers before he had gone through a practice with the Steelers. "Today's the first day we practiced with him," special teams coordinator Danny Smith observed on Wednesday. "That's a little strange in your National Football League. I thought that kind of stuff would happen when I was coaching at (Pittsburgh) Central Catholic. But you gotta play with the hand you're dealt." The assumption is Jones and the Steelers' return teams will be much more on the same page against the Browns than they were against the Raiders now that they've had a chance to work together.

CATCH THE BALL: No matter who's at QB the wide receivers have to finish, especially on potential splash plays. "I know (WR) Martavis Bryant had a ball down our sideline that I have routinely seen him make," Tomlin said. "Plays like that eliminate a lot of execution." The Steelers had 597 yards against the Raiders but they'll expect better from an execution standpoint in terms of consistency against the Browns.

THE TIGHT END AGAIN: The Steelers have kept San Francisco's Vernon Davis, Kansas City's Travis Kelce and Cincinnati's Tyler Eifert out of the end zone this season, but they were burned for touchdowns three times by New England's Rob Gronkowski, twice by San Diego's Antonio Gates and once by Oakland's Clive Walford. And Cleveland TE Gary Barnidge comes to town with six receiving TDs to his credit. Another week, another tight end test coming up for the Steelers.

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