There’s no sugar coating this one. The Browns, still alive in the playoff hunt despite being just 4-6, collapsed in the second and third quarters of today’s game at home against the also 4-6 Pittsburgh Steelers. Turnovers were the root cause, and yet another injury at quarterback certainly didn’t help things as the Steelers used 17 points off those turnovers to dominate the scoreboard. The Browns lost this one 27-11, and in a game that could have provided progress into making this a real rivalry again, it did exactly the opposite. The Browns are out of any realistic playoff scenarios, and Ben Roethlisberger improves to 16-1 against Cleveland.
The game started out with Steelers points as Le’Veon Bell moved the chains a few times and the Browns showed some poor effort in tackling. But, the Browns defense solidified with run stops by T.J. Ward and Billy Winn. That forced a Shaun Suisham attempt of 47 yards into the wind. He barely made it, but it gave the Steelers the early lead. The Browns may not have an opening drive score in their last 18 games, but they did at least tie the game on the opening drive. The big play on the drive was a third and long pickup by Josh Gordon on a crossing route that netted 24 yards. Campbell picked up half of what he needed on 3rd-and-9 to set Billy Cundiff up with a makeable field goal from 49 yards to knot the score at three. [Read more...]