1. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
I can hear it now, “How do you think big Ben is the toughest matchup for the Browns next year?” Well folks, until a Browns quarterback takes over for most wins in First Energy Stadium, Ben Roethlisberger will remain the toughest matchup for the Browns.
Let this sink in folks — Roethlisberger is 15-0 vs. the Browns at Heinz Field and is 11-2-1 in Cleveland (I was at one of his losses, and it was a glorious beat down). The stat line is ridiculous and gives him more wins than any other quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999 at home.
Roethlisberger will be entering his 17th season and has left his prime in his past, but there is no doubt he can still sling the football around. That with a top-five defense in 2020 will make the Steelers a matchup nightmare for any team.
The big question for the Steers will be if Roethlisberger can make it through the season healthy. After an elbow injury last season, his health has become a bigger question mark. Keep in mind, Roethlisberger has only started 16 games four times in his career. He has missed a few starts because the Steelers had already locked a spot in the playoffs though.
Fortunately for Brown’s fans, it appears the Roethlisberger era will be ending sooner than later but look for him to be motivated in 2020 and tougher than ever to beat. That on top of the Mason Rudolph and Myles Garrett incident last season should make it a thrilling two games series in 2020. Again, for the Browns to get in the playoffs they must split with Pittsburgh.
However, splitting with the Ravens and Steelers puts a lot of pressure on beating the Cincinnati Bengals twice. The Bengals won’t be a great team but beating anyone twice in the same season is difficult.