Nov 8, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs on a fifty-nine yard pass reception as Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) chases during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Coming off a monster 17-catch, 284-yard performance last week against Oakland, Antonio Brown will have another favorable match-up as Joe Haden is out once again with a concussion. The Browns secondary is hurting without Haden and safety Donte Whitner. Both have been unable to practice this week as they remain in the concussion protocol and they have both been ruled out. The Browns will have to rely on their young draft picks to play and produce.
Brown is one of the best receivers in the NFL and the Browns will have difficulty game planing for him. The Browns will need to keep a safety shaded to Browns side and avoid having a defender on him in man-to-man coverage. It would be wise for the Browns to disguise their coverage and play a good amount of zone on Brown’s side of the field.
The Browns need to put themselves in favorable situations and playing man-to-man on Brown without your top corner in Haden seems as if it will add up to a long day for the Browns secondary.
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