The Pittsburgh Steelers are facing a must-win game vs. a divisional rival today.
With Deshaun Watson out for the season, there should be absolutely no excuse for Mike Tomlin’s team not to get the win in Cleveland.
That’s why the entire crew of NFL on CBS Sports agreed that Kenny Pickett is under way more pressure than Dorian Thompson-Robinson right now.
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) November 19, 2023
For starters, everybody expects a second-year starter to be better than a fifth-round rookie making his second career start; that’s just obvious.
Also, with the Cleveland Browns having one of the strongest defenses in the game, Pickett cannot afford to get behind or get off to a slow start before Steelers nation starts putting even more pressure on him.
Even Coach Tomlin said it.
He’s raved about Pickett and how good he’s in the clutch and whatnot, but he knows he can give them more and he’s demanding more.
People are still torn on Pickett as a potential franchise QB, and with the jury still out, he won’t have that many chances to make a statement and prove that he’s, indeed, the guy they need.
Getting outplayed by a fifth-round rookie in a divisional game won’t exactly do a lot to help his case.
Perhaps he’s going to have to imagine that it’s the fourth quarter throughout the entire game to be as efficient as he’s been when the game has been on the line.
Whatever the case, for his own sake, the Pittsburgh Steelers better win No. 7 today.