With a projected low of 35 degrees Sunday night, punter
"When you watched [Monday] night with Kansas City, some of their punts when they hit the ground, they landed soft," Koch said. "And so it's one of those things where – especially going inside the 20 – there's always a good chance. Now throughout the week, the ground might be a little cold although they do have a heater underneath the field. But it's going to be soft. It usually gets torn up pretty quick, and there's a lot of extra grass like Cleveland's was. All the dirt was broken up, all the grass was broken up, so everything was really loose, which kind of provides a little dampener for when the ball hits."
Koch said despite a more natural bounce that grass provides, he didn't think he would be more aggressive with his punts to pin the Steelers closer to their own end zone.
"We're still going to try to do the same thing we do every week," he said. "But when it hits maybe the 1 or the 2, maybe we'll have a better chance of getting it than it just shotgunning off into the end zone."
Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg noted that the shape of the football makes it difficult to accurately predict how the ball will land. But he said that he has a lot of confidence in Koch, who is the franchise's all-time leader in career punts inside the 20 with 183.