PITTSBURGH (WJW)-- The Cleveland Browns failed to get a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers and third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges on Sunday. The Browns now fall to 5-7 and sit third in the AFC North.
The game was billed as a rematch to the Nov. 14 Cleveland win that ended with an on-field brawl. But miscues on offense and a depleted defense held the Browns back.
Cleveland quickly put up a field and touchdown, then Pittsburgh scored 20 unanswered points.
“We were up 10 to nothing and they were in third down and they had a long pass where they had a free play. We can’t do that. We’ve got to maintain our composure, get a stop, get off the field. Then offensively, we’ve got to do something when we get it back,” Kitchens said.
"We played the game we wanted to play. We just need to finish some of those drives, make the plays when they're down there."
There was a flash of hope in the fourth quarter following a Browns field goal and a turnover. But Cleveland couldn’t finish the drive.
"We got to be able to do our job. I think consistently everybody's got to do there 1/11th," quarterback Baker Mayfield said. "You have to play as a team on the road to be able to have success. We didn't do it consistently enough to have a win today."
The Browns have not swept the Steelers in a season since 1988 and have not won in the Steel City since 2003. Cleveland has lost in Pittsburgh in 16 straight games.
During the post-game news conference, Kitchens declined to say why safety Damarious Randall was a healthy scratch.
"It's between me and Damarious," he said.