CLEVELAND — As Jacoby Brissett threw two touchdown passes and Nick Chubb ran to score, the Cleveland Browns bounced back from an epic meltdown four days ago to beat the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday night. I broke it.
The Browns (2-1) built a 9-point lead early in the fourth round on Chubb’s 1-yard run, then held it for life.
The Steelers (1-2) pulled within 23-17 on Chris Boswell’s 34-yard field goal with 1:48 remaining before Pittsburgh attempted an onside kick. But unlike his 31-30 loss on Sunday, the Browns got the ball out of bounds when he overcame a 13-point deficit in 1:55 in the final, aided by the New York Jets’ recovery. I hit
Cleveland fans could finally breathe when cornerback Denzel Ward fell on a Steelers fumble in the end zone on the final play for a meaningless touchdown.
Brissett connected with Amari Cooper and David Nyok on the TD and finished 21 of 31 for 220 yards. The 29-year-old had a solid run in his second straight game as Deshawn Watson received his 11-game suspension.
Chubb had 113 yards and pushed and twisted across the goal line on the fourth goal with 9:29 remaining to put the Browns ahead 23–14.
Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers’ stagnant offense showed vigor in the first half, but faltered after halftime, punting the first three possessions and gaining just 54 yards.
Trubisky, who was criticized for not throwing deep in the first two weeks, launched several long balls but failed to connect well enough.
For Cleveland, the win went smooth in a rough few days.
Following Sunday’s debacle, Myles Garrett criticized fans for booing them as the Browns left the field, and fans were guilty of throwing plastic bottles in the direction of bystander owner Jimmy Haslam. was arrested in
But there was little drama this time around, just winning over his hated neighbors in Pennsylvania.
Rookie Cade Yorke’s 34-yard field goal gave the Browns a 16–14 lead as Cleveland lost four players, including starting linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. Jeremiah Owusu Coramore is injured.
Brissett’s 7-yard TD pass to Nyok gave the Browns a 13-7 lead with 8:58 remaining until halftime. However, York missed the extra point for the second week in a row.
Trubisky led the Steelers with a 75-yard scoring drive — 51 that hit the ground — before the QB rolled right to score from 1. Boswell’s PAT put Pittsburgh ahead 14-13 .
Steelers rookie receiver George Pickens expressed frustration at not getting the ball last week against New England, saying he was open “90% of the time.” He wasn’t kidding either.
Trubisky eventually hit him with a long ball, but it took a nice one-handed catch by Pickens to get the 36-yard gain.