Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Chat rewind: Talking stats for Steelers WRs
By Jamison Hensley
Unfortunately, we're going to have to cancel the weekly AFC North chat for Wednesday. But I have pulled some questions from my portion of ESPN.com's all-day chat:
Jeff (TN): Who finishes with more catches, yards and touchdowns this season out of Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Wallace more yards. Brown more catches and TDs. [Ben] Roethlisberger and Brown showed a lot of chemistry in the red zone during training camp.
Kevin (MD): Will the Ravens blitz a lot more to account for no Terrell Suggs? Can the secondary handle it?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Ravens will be forced to send more pressure. They play 13 games against QBs who have made the Pro Bowl. You can't let them sit back and pick apart the secondary. Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford had a field day with the Ravens in the preseason because there was no pass rush.
Vic (Tropical Paradise ): Do you expect any regression from the Bengals?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Andy Dalton is the x-factor.
Adam (DC): What will be the Steelers run/pass ratio this year?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Depends on the game. The buzz word is versatility.
Mitch (Seville, OH): I get ranking the Browns near the bottom of the power rankings, but most have us at No. 32. What puts them below teams like Jacksonville and Arizona?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): When I voted for the Week 1 power rankings, I had the Browns above the Jaguars (who are 32nd), Colts and Vikings.
Harrison (College Park): Do you think Michael Oher will ever become the left tackle for the Ravens? He has shown flashes of his talent, but seems to be held back by a lack of mental discipline? Also, do you think Matt Birk could be replaced by the rookie Gino Gradkowski at center before the season is over?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I see Birk remaining the center this season. Gradkowski is too small to play that position right now. The likely plan is to make Gradkowski the starter next year after he has a full season in the weight room. As far as Oher, if the Ravens can't find a LT in free agency or the draft, Oher will be the LT next season by default.
Hughey (Columbus, OH): Let's say Brandon Weeden ends up being good like a shade above Andy Dalton good. Could the Browns contend for the playoffs or are they too weak everywhere else?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I just have a hard time seeing Weeden being better than Dalton last year. It's not a knock on Weeden. It's a knock on the Browns wide receiver group, which is among the worst in the NFL.
Geoff (Chicago): While I am rooting for Rey Maualuga to play well in the middle this year, do you think Vontaze Burfict has a chance to supplant him this year?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Burfict won't start this year unless Maualuga is injured. With Maualuga being a free agent after the season, the Bengals have the option of going with Burfict as the starting MLB for 2013.