Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones garnered most of the praise on Sunday for his electric record-breaking performance. Hours later, Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown reminded everyone that he is still arguably the NFL’s best receiver.
Brown was superb in a 31-28 Week 12 win over the Green Bay Packers. The 5-foot-10 wide receiver recorded 10 catches for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns against Green Bay. His game was highlighted by a 23-yard, toe-tapping catch with 13 seconds left that help set up a Pittsburgh game-winning field goal.
The Steelers receiver’s 1,195 receiving yards are the most of his career through 11 contests and he’s on target to achieve his fifth straight 100-catch season, which never has been done in league history.
Brown’s teammates aren’t surprised by his big numbers. It’s something they’ve become accustomed to.
“I’m not surprised or amazed,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. ‘He’s just special.”
The Packers, much like most teams, struggled to cover Brown on Sunday night. What makes Brown so difficult to cover is that he’s the best route runner in the NFL. He can run every route. Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward says Brown tirelessly works on his craft to keep his route running skills on point.
“The way he gets open is precision. His dedication is just being sharp in everything he does,” Heyward said, via Chris Adamski of Tribe Live.
The Jones-Brown debate is a good one. A fair argument can be made for either player. However, Brown separates himself with his superior route-running skills.