PITTSBURGH (WJW) — The Cleveland Browns (4-1) hope to keep their winning streak alive as they battle the undefeated Steelers (4-0) in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers got an early lead in the first quarter with Chris Boswell making a 35-yard field goal. They kept that momentum going as they nabbed their first TD.
The Browns struggled to get points on the board in the second quarter. James Conner helped the Steelers keep their lead with a three yard rush. James Washington then secured their third touchdown with a pass from Ben Roethlisberger.
With about a minute left in the second quarter, the Browns finally scored their first touchdown. Rashard Higgins caught a pass from Baker Mayfield for 13-yards. (24-7)
The third quarter started off slow and continued with little action until Chase Claypool had a three yard rush with about 45 seconds left on the clock. The Steelers continued to dominate as the fourth quarter soldiered on, with the Browns unable to get a drive going (38-7).
The game ends with the Steelers winning 38 to 7.
This match-up has a little more spice to it this year. Pittsburgh is 4-0 for the first time since 1979, Cleveland is 4-1 for the first time since 1994. This will be the toughest test for the Browns offense which will face another top defense. Pittsburgh is ranked third defensively in total yards per game and they are second in stopping the run.
“A team should never know what you are doing. Make everything look the same,” says Rashard Higgins of the Browns. “If that is a keeper where Baker is scrambling to the left, make it look like a run but it is a pass. It is just little things and little details like that that Coach Stefanski harps on at practice. It makes it a big thing in the game.”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is already an early candidate for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year, he’s thrown 10 touchdown passes this season after having his arm surgically repaired last year. The Browns defense must contain Big Ben and that includes Myles Garrett.
“I can promise you on Wednesday morning in the opponent’s meeting rooms, they have a big circle on No. 95 and they may be referring to him as a game-wrecker because he has that ability to wreck the game from their perspective,” says Kevin Stefanski. “He is applying pressure. Even when he is not getting home, he is applying pressure, and it should open things up for the rest of our guys.”
The Browns have seven wins and a tie against the Steelers since returning to the league. If Cleveland is going to make some noise in the AFC North this year, it has to start with beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
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