Steelers look to up tempo against Panthers
Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore has a bye this week.
Cincinnati Bengals: With A.J. Green (toe) out and the Bengals without one of their top weapons, Cincinnati hopes to find a way to slow down the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap said, "we have to find a way to slow down the future Hall of Famer. Anytime somebody throws the ball quick like that, one of the challenges is disrupting their routes a little bit to get that extra time." Dunlap said the average defensive lineman cannot get to Brees before his release time of less than 2.7 seconds. "If you want to get to him," Dunlap said, "disrupt the timing."
Cleveland Browns: Quarterback Baker Mayfield said the Browns are close to popping more big plays and noted the team is spending extra time on execution in the red zone. "Continuing to score points -- touchdowns. When we get the shot plays, converting those," Mayfield said of his focus this week. "With any of our playmakers, get the ball in their hands, let them do the work." Mayfield said the Browns understand they must be able to threaten down the field and also make those plays to improve. "There was a big jump last week, we've got to make that moreso this week," he said.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Coach Mike Tomlin resisted calling the short week a disadvantage and instead encouraged his players to embrace mental repetitions. "Running routes, stay healthy," wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said. "A lot of mental reps." Smith-Schuster and the Steelers are likely to employ more fast-paced sets in an effort to maximize the advantage of the Carolina Panthers, who had only 72 hours to get ready for the game. "For us, no-huddle, our pace, it makes everything easier," Smith-Schuster said.
--Field Level Media
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