Some major NFL news broke on Monday morning that cuts the Pittsburgh Steelers a massive break.
According to multiple reports, Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is set to be suspended for the first six games of the season (this is dependent on the NFL accepting an independent judge’s ruling).
The NFL wanted Watson to be suspended for the entire year, so there’s a real possibility that commissioner Roger Goodell seeks to lengthen the suspension for Watson.
The NFL argued that Deshaun Watson’s violation of the personal conduct policy merited at least a year suspension. Fmr federal judge Sue Robinson, the independent disciplinary officer, deemed the violation worthy of six games. The NFL has three days to appeal, to the commissioner. pic.twitter.com/1OZJwdL4QF— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 1, 2022
As it stands right now, the Steelers will avoid playing against Watson, one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL, in week three when Pittsburgh visits Cleveland.
That game could have major implications for the AFC North in 2022. If Watson plays in 11 games for the Browns in 2022, then Cleveland will have a legitimate shot to win the division.
The Cincinnati Bengals are undoubtedly the favorites to win the division. But all four AFC North teams have a real chance to end the season with a division title.
Pittsburgh’s matchup against the Browns in week three could end up being what decides the division. Maybe that loss knocks out Cleveland when it’s all said and done. Or maybe it turns the week 18 matchup between the Steelers and the Browns into a game that determines the division winner.
Either way, this is a major break for Pittsburgh and it should give the Steelers the upper hand in week three against Cleveland. That’s basically a must-win game now for Pittsburgh — it’s imperative they take advantage of Watson being out for that matchup.
The AFC North is going to be wild in 2022. And the Watson decision finally coming down is only going to make things crazier in one of the NFL’s best divisions.
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