This was the easiest breakdown to evaluate with these two teams.
In Ben Roethislisberger, you’ve got a 2-time Super Bowl winning quarterback who’s as healthy as he’s been in years. He also has admitted to working out more this off season to come into this year in the best shape of his career. Plus he owns the Browns, posting a 17-1 lifetime record against them.
The Browns send out a career back-up in Brian Hoyer who’s coming off ACL surgery, and maybe some playing time for a first round rookie in Johnny Manziel. Hoyer and “Johnny Football” looked average at best in the preseason, and they’re running a new offense that both are not 100% comfortable with. They’re only hope is to have Ben Tate have a big game on the ground so they can use some play action passes to maybe make a big play.
For the Steelers, even if “Big Ben’s” O-Line struggles, he’s used to that and knows how to handle it. He will adjust, mix in the hurry up offense to keep the Browns defense off balance and find a way to make plays with his arm and his feet.
Enough said on this QB comparison.
QUARTERBACK ADVANTAGE – STEELERS