Not stopping the run: Heading into Thursday night’s game against the Browns, Coach Mike Tomlin stresses the importance of stopping Cleveland’s ground game, the one-two punch of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
“I think if you’re playing these guys, and you’re looking at their offense, boy you better minimize Chubb and Hunt,” said Tomlin during his weekly press conference. “A lot of ball rolls to those guys. They’re not 1 and 2, they’re 1 and 1A. They are a formidable tandem and probably the most complete tandem in football, so we’ve got our work cut out for us there.”
The Steelers weren’t able to minimize the ground game though, with Chubb going for 113 yards on 23 carries and Hunt adding 47 yards on 12 carries.
“I thought they controlled the line of scrimmage, particularly in the second half,” said Tomlin after the 29-14 loss. “If you can’t slow down Chubb, you can’t beat this group. And we knew that, and we didn’t get it done. So, we got to own the outcome, and we will.
“There’s not a lot really to talk about. We got to look at this tape and learn and get better and get better, very fast.”
The Steelers were down only two, 16-14, when Chubb scored on a one-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 23-14, a lead the black and gold wouldn’t be able to overcome.
“I thought they controlled the game, and they possessed the ball,” Tomlin said. “Nick Chubb controlled the game.”