Ben Roethlisberger, Colt McCoy: Which NFL QB Will Show the Most Rust?

Lake CruiseAnalyst IOctober 14, 2010

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The Steelers come into this National Football League Week 6 game 3-1.

The Browns are 1-4 and face the New Orleans Saints after this game. 

Pittsburgh’s only loss came to the Baltimore Ravens 14-17 two weeks ago. Coming off a bye, and being as healthy as they have been in two seasons, the Steelers are stoked. 

Losing to Baltimore and Atlanta in games that were closer than expected, the Browns managed to beat Cincinnati 23-20 in Week 4. 

Cleveland lost to the hot Atlanta Falcons last week 10-20.

Hot off his suspension for violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy for committing alleged sexual misconduct, Steelers quarterback Big Ben Roethlisberger could show some rust at first.

This could get rusty and ugly at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. 

I ain’t talking about the way some of Cleveland’s “Dog Pound” fans look, or the jeers instead of cheers that Roethlisberger could have coming from inside the stadium. 

I mean the final score.

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The Steelers defense has given up an NFL-low 50 points total this season. The next closest defense in terms of points allowed is Kansas City with 57.

Cleveland Browns’ rookie QB “Baby Face” McCoy has taken some pointers from the veterans on his squad and will most likely be making his first NFL start in this game. 

He has prepared this week as if he will and Cleveland’s head coach Eric Mangini said he was pleased with McCoy’s performance in practice.

But this will be live action baptism by fire into the NFL for the rook. 

The fiery Steelers are known for yelling across the line-of-scrimmage to rookie QBs:

“This ain’t the Iowa Hawkeyes,” Steelers’ defenders holler.

McCoy played in the BCS National Championship game as a starter for the University of Texas earlier this year. 

Now he is facing one of the fiercest defenses in all of football. 

His veteran QBs, Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme, are likely out with injuries. 

The black-and-gold team’s LB James Harrison and SS Troy Palamalu are performing like the Pro Bowl players that they are this season.

Seeing that Pro Bowler Big Ben is facing an over-matched Browns defense against the run, I suspect that he will barely miss a beat if any.

Peyton Hillis is having a solid season beating up defenses. He has scored a touchdown in five consecutive games. That is huge for his Fantasy Football owners.

Except the 2010 version of the Steel Curtain defense is ranked fourth in total defense behind only the New York Giants, San Diego Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens.

They only allow opponents 62 rushing yards and 12 points per game. The 226 passing yards they give up is most definitely alarming, except Cleveland’s receivers ain’t alarming nobody.

In comparison, the Browns allow a can-of-Pennsylvania-whoop-ass 120 rushing yards per game. 

Rashard Mendenhall should be able to run all the way back to the city of Cleveland without much resistance if he so chooses. He is a must-start in all Fantasy formats.

The Browns could hit the Steelers with a few surprises by using receiver Josh Cribbs in the Wild Cat Offense, but forget about a let-down.

The term has never been in Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin’s DNA. 

His teams always show up. In fact, they will be ready to play the night before this game.

Miami is next on the schedule, but he will not allow his team to look past this scrimmage against the junior varsity Browns. 

Cleveland does not have a snowball thrown from the Dog Pound’s chance in hell.

Prediction: Pittsburgh  37 – 10.