The Cleveland Browns may be 4-6 and sitting in the cellar of the AFC North division. However, that doesn’t mean they have quit their dreams of fighting for a playoff spot this season. In order to take a step in the right direction, the Browns will have to do whatever it takes to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
One thing Cleveland must do to accomplish that feat is take advantage of big plays when they present themselves.
“We’ve watched their tape and guys that have gotten up the field on them are pretty good players,” Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said, according to the team’s website. “We need to find a way to make some big plays. We got one in the second half. If we had not played the way we did in the second quarter, those are the kinds of plays that have helped us stay in games or helped us win games. For us to have success offensively, we need to find a way to get some big plays along with playing better on third down.
“(Campbell) just is steady. He comes in here and goes to work, and he’s been a good role model for our young guys. I don’t think it’s been any different this week. He’s preparing to play a real good Pittsburgh defense. Jason’s getting ready to go play, and I expect him to play well.”
Cleveland is not a team many people think of when discussing big plays on offense. The reason for that is probably because the Browns rank 24th in the league with 27 passing plays of 20-plus yards. On the other hand, the offense has managed to record six passing plays of 40-plus yards, which is certainly encouraging.
Unfortunately, as bad as the Steelers have been at stopping the run this season, they have actually done a great job preventing any aerial attacks from taking off. For that reason, Cleveland is going to have to take their shots when Pittsburgh gives them the opportunity to do so or pay the price.