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BEREA Richard Rodgers Color Rush Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Myles Garrett has shredded Ben Roethlisberger. It’s time to tear up the real Big Ben.

If he can get his hands on him.

Cleveland’s defensive end, who playfully destroyed a photo of Roethlisberger as part of a video parody during the offseason, gets his first crack at Pittsburgh’s star quarterback in a game on Sunday when the Browns host the Steelers.

Garrett missed last year’s opener as a rookie against Pittsburgh with a severe ankle injury, and Roethlisberger skipped the season finale to be ready for the playoffs.

They’ll finally meet on the field, and Garrett hopes to make his formal introduction in the Steelers’ backfield.

“I plan to get back there a little bit,” he said.

Garrett has had an eye on sacking Roethlisberger almost since the moment the Browns selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. Not long after arriving in Cleveland, the 6-foot-4, 272-pounder vowed he’d go after Roethlisberger and “chop him down,” something the Browns have rarely done while going 2-21 against him as a starter.

Finally, Garrett is going to get some whacks at Pittsburgh’s extra-large QB, who can be a handful to topple.

He has a plan of attack.

“You’ve got to use your whole body,” said Garrett, who was voted a captain by his teammates. “You can’t try to arm tackle him, where you just try to grab him by his arm or his side. You have to lean into him a little bit, try to torque him.

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“If you’re leaning any kind of way, he’ll just slip out of there.”

Roethlisberger’s size allows him to ward off would-be sackers, and his ability to sense pressure in the pocket gives him other escape routes.

As he gets ready for an opener in which he’ll be without star running back Le’Veon Bell, Roethlisberger knows Garrett has him in his sights.

“What an animal, a guy that just gets after the quarterback,” he said. “We are really going to have to keep two eyes on him. There’s really not much I can do with Myles. It’s not like I can speed option at him and give him a fake or something so it’s up to the line to block him and those guys.”

Roethlisberger was sent the 61-second video produced by the Browns in July that featured several players including quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and others in a spoof of “The Office,” the popular TV series.

Toward the end of the video, Garrett, dressed like nerdy character Dwight Schrute, complete with wire-rimmed glasses, feeds a photo of Roethlisberger through a paper shredder while offering a blank expression to the camera.

Garrett said he willingly participated in the gag.

“It’s just a joke,” he said. “I’m here to have a little bit of fun and play some football. It goes along with what I’m trying to do Olivier Rodrigue Oilers Jersey , so I had no problem doing it.”

All kidding aside, Garrett has major respect for Roethlisberger, one of eight quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards.

‘He’s a Super Bowl champion,” Garret said. “A multiple-time Super Bowl champion, so you know he’s played on a high level consistently for years, so you have to be able to respect greatness when you see it, but you also have to seize the opportunity of being able to usurping that position.

“You have to be able to respect it, but don’t be afraid of it and don’t be afraid of that moment.”

NOTES: Coach Hue Jackson isn’t ready to divulge his starting left tackle for Sunday. Jackson may move Joel Bitonio back to left guard and start undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison at tackle. “I just want to get through practice and kind of go from there before I make that choice,” Jackson said. “I owe it to the football team. I owe it to all involved to make sure we make the right choice to start the game.” … Garrett, Bitonio and Taylor were named captains along with P Britton Colquitt and LB Christian Kirksey. … QB Baker Mayfield was named the team’s top rookie in training camp by the local media.

Having home ice is supposed to be an advantage in the NHL. So far in the 2018 playoffs, the only guarantee to playing at home is a monochrome backdrop provided by fans in team-specific T-shirts.

Consider the following:

– The Pittsburgh Penguins finished with the second-worst road record among the 16 playoff teams. Then the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions ripped off three wins in Philadelphia to kickstart their pursuit of a three-peat and backed it up with another victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in Washington.

– The Capitals dropped Games 1 and 2 at home in overtime against Columbus in the opening round only to beat the Blue Jackets three times in Columbus on their way to advancing to the NHL’s final eight for the fourth consecutive year.

– Winnipeg posted an NHL-high 32 wins on home ice. One of their seven regulation home losses, however, was a wild 6-5 setback at the hands of Nashville in February. The Predators‘ triumph helped them win the Presidents Trophy and guarantee home ice through the playoffs. The Jets, of course http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dontae-johnson-jersey , won the series opener in Nashville to steal that advantage.

Home teams are just 26-26 so far in the playoffs heading into Tuesday, when Pittsburgh hosts Washington (7:30 p.m. Eastern, NBCSN) and Winnipeg welcomes the Predators (8 p.m., CNBC). Both series are tied after the visitors claimed their respective openers on the road.

Asked why the games have become a coin flip regardless of venue, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan – whose team was outplayed at PPG Paints Arena by Philadelphia in Game 2 and Game 5 in the opening round – admits he can’t really come up with a reason.

”I don’t know if I have answer for you that makes sense,” Sullivan said Monday. ”Sometimes when teams go on the road, they have tendency to simplify their game … I know our team historically has been very good at home and I believe we will continue to do that.”

If Pittsburgh wants to become the first franchise in 35 years to win three straight titles, it doesn’t really have much of a choice. Though Sullivan is right in that the Penguins are pretty good at PPG Paints Arena, they’ve only been so-so when facing the Capitals. Washington won Game 3 and Game 6 in Pittsburgh during the 2017 postseason and wrapped up its third straight Metropolitan Division title with a 3-1 win there on April 1.

”You’ve got to create your own momentum, but it gives you good memories,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”If you have to go back into the memory bank, at least we have one. Those are things that you can bank on maybe for some positive feeling going forward.”

Predators forward Nick Bonino couldn’t offer up any specifics about Nashville’s victory in Winnipeg even though it happened all of two months ago, saying only ”I’m sure we played a solid road game.”

The road does offer the visiting team a sense of routine. There aren’t as many friends or family around. No kids waking up in the middle of the night. No traffic to deal with in most places. Just wake up, suit up and go play.

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And the hockey in both series has been spectacular. Nashville avoided heading to Canada in an 0-2 hole with a thrilling double-overtime escape in Game 2. Washington responded after blowing a two-goal, third-period lead in Game 1 by winning a predictably chippy Game 2.

That chippiness included a questionable hit by Washington’s Tom Wilson to Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumolin’s head in the second period that sent Dumolin into the concussion protocol. Dumolin skated with his teammates on Monday and his status – much like the status of star center Evgeni Malkin (lower body) and Carl Hagelin (upper body) – won’t be determined until Tuesday.

Wilson was not penalized for the hit and received a pass from the league when it opted not to schedule a disciplinary hearing to review the play. While Dumolin said he didn’t see Wilson coming because he was bracing for a hit by Alex Ovechkin, Wilson claimed Dumolin turned his head just before impact leaving Wilson with no time to react.

”He stops and turns and I’m kind of right there as (Ovechkin) is coming in pretty aggressively,” Wilson said. ”It’s a collision.”

Pittsburgh star Kris Letang wasn’t surprised Wilson’s hit wasn’t deemed illegal. Why?

”Because we don’t know anymore (what’s legal and illegal),” he said.

And we don’t know what a given night is going to bring anymore either. Home teams get to sleep in their beds. They get the luxury of the last line change before faceoffs, allowing them to get the matchups they want. And so far it has made zero difference in the result.

”It doesn’t have to be pretty always on the road,” Predators defenseman Matt Irwin said. ”I think we embrace that.”



AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington, D.C., and AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed to this report.

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