The Pittsburgh Steelers could be playing for the top spot in the AFC North Division on Sunday.
That could sound crazy if you consider the fact that the team’s offense continues to struggle mightily, yet they sit on a 6-3 record.
Most of that has been thanks to their stellar defense, which is why HC Mike Tomlin should be licking his chops right now.
The Steelers will travel to Cleveland for a divisional matchup with the Cleveland Browns, and while that’s nothing to celebrate, they won’t have to worry about facing Deshaun Watson.
Instead, it’ll be rookie fifth-round pick QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson as the one who’ll be under center for this crucial matchup.
In the latest edition of Good Morning Football, former NFL star Jason McCourty warned the rookie QB about the Steelers’ defense, adding that they’re no joke and that they’re going to make it a very long afternoon for them.
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) November 16, 2023
On top of that, he pointed out the fact that Mike Tomlin is currently 5-24 against rookie quarterbacks, and that also includes a 10-1 run in their last eleven.
The last rookie QB who beat the Steelers was C.J. Stroud earlier in the season, and Stroud is looking like a superstar.
Thompson-Robinson is also athletic and he comes with a dual-threat skill set.
But this Steelers’ defense is likely going to set the tone early and be very aggressive against him from the jump, which is why the rookie out of UCLA could be on his toes more often than he’d like.