Sircheeks presents: Top five players to watch in week 2
C Justin Hartwig
Make no mistake about this one - Justin Hartwig will play a key role in how the game turns out. Pittsburgh's newest free agent will make the calls at the line and work with the rest of the Steelers' offensive line to neutralize any pressure Cleveland may bring. In addition, Harwig will have his hands full blocking against Shaun Rogers - a man who has proven last week that he commands the double team. The Browns' need to mix up their blitz packages from the vanilla set they showed the Cowboys in week one - and Harwig's job on Sunday is to figure that out.
DE Corey Williams
Corey Williams needs to live up to his huge contract and what better way to do that then have an impact on this divisional game? Williams was essentially manhandled by all 354 pounds of the 6 foot 6 Leonard Davis - and he most likely is looking for redemption this week. One of the keys to the game is pressuring Big Ben. If Williams can win the one-on-one matchups that he failed to last week, the Browns' defensive will force Bruce Arians to keep a back or a tight end at home to block - thereby reducing the strain on our battered secondary.
CB Ike Taylor
You can only contain Braylon Edwards for so long and Ike Taylor hopes it can last for another week. After being held to a mere 14 yards on 2 receptions, Braylon is definitely primed for a big game. Enter Ike Taylor. Taylor's size and ability match up well against Edwards and it'll be interesting to see how the battle shapes up this time around. If Ike steps up and has a monster game - I'd be fairly certain that the Browns will end up on the wrong side of this one.
KR/WR Josh Cribbs
That's right - kick returner AND wide receiver Joshua Cribbs will be one of - if not the most important factor for the Cleveland Browns. We all know what C.C. can do on punt and kick returns, but where we need Cribbs to contribute in this one is on offense. Donte' Stallworth is out nursing some injury or another - which leaves Cribbs as the third option in a multi-element passing attack. If Rob Chudzinski can manage to utilize Cribbs' speed and quickness with screens, slants, and curl routes - it would give the Steelers an additional threat to account for. As we've seen last week, the Browns cannot survive on Winslow and Edwards alone.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
I know it's been said before about different teams, but this game will come down to how well the Browns' are able to contain Ben Roethlisberger. Quarterbacks like him put immense pressure on defenses with their abilities to make plays in and out of the pocket. My prediction - if Ben rushes for over 50 yards, the Browns will not win the game. Andra Davis, Kamerion Wimbley and D'Qwell Jackson all need to be aware of Ben's running ability - and take SMART routes to the quarterback. With our current defense, if we rush at least 4 guys on every down, keep a defender as a spy in zone coverage, and play well on the outsides against the wideouts, the Browns will be come out victorious.