Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baker Mayfield, NFL IRST TAKE | Stephen A. "heated" Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Week 6: Baker K.O Big Ben
Mayfield has been limited in practice this week with sore ribs his injury happening in last week’s victory over the colts, the browns. They are now tasked with slowing down big ben roethlisberger, who is playing with total command of his offense after sitting out only the whole season, except for six quarters last year. So a couple more things that i want to add. I also want to welcome in ryan clark to the conversation here ryan, how you doing so yeah good. How are you, okay, so a couple things to add: uh the browns currently do have a 16 game losing streak in pittsburgh, also, something to add, odell beckham jr was sent home yesterday from practice. He wasn’t feeling great. It was just a statement, but so he should be good to go on sunday. So max. Let me start with you here: uh who needs to have the better game. Is it big, ben or baker? Mayfield it’s actually been roethlisberger um, the steelers don’t have a quality win yet they’re undefeated and any win is a win right. But if you’re breaking down you’re analyzing power rankings or whatever, who have they beaten, that’s any good rounds are pretty good. They’Re gon na have to beat a pretty good team and baker needs to play. Well. I’Ll leave that, for you, stephen a, but the main thing about them with baker is don’t. Let him play too much don’t leave it up to baker, protect them a little bit right, so they can run the ball and even with no nick trump kareem hunt is damn good and miles got her to get you strip sacks and stuff like that.
Big ben’s. Gon na, like they haven’t, they have a defense, obviously in pittsburgh, and they can run the ball with connor, but claypool and juju smith schuster. Remember what we were like and stephen aye i’ll, give you credit you’re, like we don’t know. If juju is the number one i was like yeah, he looks like a number one to me. Actually, without a b, he won a number one. Let’S be honest: he needs another guy on the other side who can really play to bring out the best in him. He has that in claypool now, but someone’s got to get the ball last week, that’s right against against the defense that can force turnovers and get to the quarterback someone’s going to have to get those guys. The ball it’s not going to be rolling over an easy team here, it’s, not the same old browns coming to town ben roethlisberger. I commend him. He came back after a catastrophic injury with a lot of time off. He’S looked excellent so far, but against very limited opposition. He has to be excellent against a good opponent now for the steelers to win this game. I disagree with you. I think the more uh the person that has to have the better game is, is baker mayfield, but before i say all of that ryan clark, can you help me out here who was the idiot cleveland brown that talked about? This? Is the miles garrett game there’s? A game like kareem that that’s just idiotic i’m, not calling him an idiot that’s, an idiotic statement so listen miles.
Garrett sits up. There gets himself suspended for the rest of the season because of snatching the quarterback’s helmet and knocking him upside the head or trying to knock him upside the head with it. We try to move past that, and you remind the world of that now. How intelligent is that that’s, just dog well there’s a reason he’s on the ground now and i’m. Still on the chief there you go, i mean that’s, just dumb, okay, you don’t sit up there and remind the world of that. We tried to move past. It just think about two football opponents going at one another, and this guy brings it up like miles. Garrett was a victim like miles. Garrett was a victim, stop it. Okay, that’s number one number two here’s the deal about baker mayfield, and we have to accept this baker. Mayfield is not the reason that cleveland browns have won. Fourth straight kareem huh: i got something to do with that averaging more than five yards to carry nick chuck prior to that i’m, sorry averaging damn there’s six yards to carry on beckham, jr and jarvis, landry and he’s. I mean kevin stefanski, making sure that baker mayfield ain’t, throwing the damn ball, that much jay baker in two of the wins baker. Mayfield completed 16 of 23 of his passes, that’s 69.5. Okay, they won both games. Then they had him, throw the ball ball against dallas. Thirty times twenty three four nine excuse me the percentage drop, and then they had him throw 37 times last week and he completed about 56 offenses.
The more baker mayfield throws the more you’re in danger of losing the damn game, and so that is not a good thing now. Why is that relevant, you’re proving my points? Why is that relevant? Because the steelers have the number two ranked defense against the run? Okay, in order to beat them, you need to throw the football and – and that would mean that baker mayfield’s got to show up and got to step up, because the one thing the steelers are not gon na do is let kareem hunt on anybody from that. Backfield beat them they’re going to make you throw the ball, beat them through the air to take them down, and that means break. The mayfield is gon na have to show up in order for them to pull that off unless kevin stefanski, all of a sudden has odell beckham, jr and jarvis landy throwing passes on fleet flickers and stuff like that now i know they can throw but i’m just Saying that they go to the last song like that off, rather than bacon mayfield go ahead, ryan yeah! Listen! I i think you both made good arguments. Steven a you were kind of making max’s argument, and then you came back and brought it together. That’S. Why? You’Re great on tv, but i’ma have to agree with max here to me. It’S ben roethlisberger, and i think for many of the reasons max mentioned, but also because of this ben hasn’t necessarily played great.
He hasn’t been that that pro bowl forum or the forum we saw him in 2018 before he left, but he’s coming along he’s, also on a team that depends on him much more than the cleveland browns depend on baker. Mayfield. You said it right about baker. Mayfield stephen, a kevin stefanski’s number one job is to manage baker mayfield to kevin, to kirk, cousinize, bacon, baker, mayfield and that’s. What he’s done he knows how to win games without allowing baker mayfield to play quarterback. We watched him have to do that against the indianapolis coats and early on in the first half he was trying to throw interceptions and then in the second half he did but let’s look at the pittsburgh. Still, the three consecutive victories that they had when this dude is clicking and he’s, and he looks like he’s clicking and playing at an elite level. Somehow some way to tampa bay buccaneers find a way to win whether that’s against carolina denver or the los angeles charges. We’Ve got to take that into consideration. We also have to take. We also have a license if we want to take for granted the greatness of aaron rodgers. What we’re seeing from him is what we’re seeing from him. We anticipate that we will see that from him. So you sort of anticipate what he’s going to do. You know what he’s going to do. The question is what kind of answers the tampa bay buccaneers going to have in response to that chris godwin has missed three of the five games.
This season he’s their playmaker at the wide receiving position. Mike evans is a stud. I got it, but basically he’s open when he’s not open he’s, not a breakaway kind of player per se. He makes tough things happen in a beneficial fashion. You could sit up there. Draped, all over him, he’ll find a way to get a catch 50 feet exactly: o.j hammond, the oj o.j howard’s, the cameron, breaks and those boys same different same thing, even though it’s not to that degree, chris godwin is the break away. Dude tom brady has not been with that weapon and i don’t think, if i remember correctly, i’m, not sure if he’ll be back or not this week, but in the end, what it comes down to is questionable. It’S questionable the success of the tampa bay buccaneers is going to be predicated on tom brady. We know what aaron rodgers gon na do. The question is: will tom brady be up to the task of matching and don’t? Forget devonte adams will be back for the package. Sure right, um, well the storyline you’re, absolutely right. You’Ve identified the storyline heading into the game, but in terms of whose performance will actually determine the outcome of the game, tom brady as usual, since he went down that ravine stephen from far away. But when i got closer it turns out it was just a ravine. You see those beetlejuice eyes. I can’t believe that he needs glasses.
You talk about a cliff to a ravine. You if anybody would know the difference between a cliff and a ravine far away. It was a mirage, but it was a binoculars right now go ahead, tom brady as usual in the last couple of years, it’s, not that he can’t make throws when you need him to he’s, surrounded by offensive weapons even with the injuries there’s. A couple of good tight ends: he’s going to have one of his stud receivers, he’s riding a defense. He has a real good coach and a defense and that’s what the bucks are about. The bucks, if you have to say, what’s the signature of the bucks so far this year, that defense, pretty good aaron rodgers, is playing on a team and aaron jones has been excellent, but he’s been playing on a team whose defense is closer to seattle’s than an Elite defense they’re not only like a ben but not break now they bend and break they give up points. That is not a stun kind of defense. It is incumbent upon aaron rodgers, yes, he’s getting devonte adams back. Who knows if devonte adams will be 100, but he hasn’t had him recently when he’s, finding receivers all over the field that no one has ever heard of it’s like if you replaced aaron rodgers with a just any old quarterback, this green bay, packers team wouldn’t, be Anything we wouldn’t be talking about the packers. Now this is about aaron rodgers.
This is the aaron rodgers show and the floor. Look when guys. The reason, those no name receivers are making catches it’s, not just that. Rogers has always been more accurate than brady he’s always had a better arm right, it’s that he’s scheming. These guys open a lot of open receivers. So i i give credit where credit’s due the floor. It’S always the quarterback and the coach, but in terms of the players on the field aaron rodgers play, will determine the outcome of the game. He doesn’t have anything else to rely on his running back, but it’s really rogers who’s going to do it.