Cleveland Browns bounce back from embarrassing loss to beat rival Pittsburgh Steelers

CLEVELAND — Nick Chubb ran for 113 backyards and a goal as the Cleveland Browns took control in the 2nd half to beat the competitor Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns pass receiver Amari Cooper quit the onside kick that permitted the New York Jets to manage a spectacular return Sunday. Thursday night versus the Steelers, Cooper more than compensated that error.

He completed with 7 receptions for 101 backyards and a goal, moving the Browns to triumph.

“We’ve got to own it, learn from it and flush it,” Cooper stated today of the collapse versus the Jets. Cooper led Cleveland’s rebound efficiency, as the Browns (2-1) declared top place in the AFC North standings.

Pivotal play: On third-and-1 to start the 4th quarter, quarterback Jacoby Brissett fabricated a handoff to Chubb. Cooper, on the other hand, rushed far from Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton prior to taking a 32-yard reception to the Pittsburgh 39-yard line. Cleveland punched the ball into completion zone 8 plays later on to increase by 2 ratings. With the essential play-action reception, Cooper ended up being the very first Browns gamer in 9 years to end up with more than 100 backyards getting and a getting goal in back-to-back video games.

QB breakdown: Brissett provided another strong efficiency in his 3rd start for the Browns. He tossed a set of goals in the very first half, the very first to Cooper on a slant, the other to tight end David Njoku at the back of completion zone. Brissett completed the video game 21-of-31 passing for 220 backyards as he continued to constant the Browns offense.

Troubling pattern: The Browns lost both beginning linebackers to injury, consisting of Anthony Walker, who was hauled off the field with a left knee injury. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah likewise left the video game with a quad injury. Cleveland was currently missing out on protective end Jadeveon Clowney, who hurt his ankle last weekend. — Jake Trotter

Underrated figure to understand: Cooper now has a getting TD in successive video games. No Browns pass receiver captured a getting goal in successive video games last season.

Next video game: at Falcons (1 p.m. ET, Oct. 2)


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers preached an aggressive method to the offense after 2 weeks of underwhelming efficiencies. For a half, they provided.

But a frustrating 2nd half from an offense that could not sustain drives combined with a defense that could not create a pass rush or run defense buried the Steelers (1-2) in the loss to the Browns.

Troubling pattern: For the 2nd week in a row, the Steelers had a hard time to get a reliable pass rush entering T.J. Watt’s lack. Larry Ogunjobi and Alex Highsmith integrated for a sack early, however that was the only one up until late in the 4th quarter. With the pass rush failing, Brissett was pushed on only 3 of his 23 dropbacks in the very first half. And on the back end, the Steelers’ secondary had a series of breakdowns and miscommunications that caused huge plays and goals. Terrell Edmunds remained in the incorrect position on the Browns’ very first rating, an 11-yard pass from Brissett to Cooper, providing the receiver excessive space. Cooper delighted in the secondary, acquiring 101 backyards on 7 catches. The inadequate pass rush likewise added to the Browns’ capability to run the ball easily, and Chubb (23 brings, 113 backyards) and Kareem Hunt (12 brings, 47 backyards) sculpted up the Steelers defense.

Biggest hole in the strategy: For all the offending changes made — a minimum of in the very first half — the Steelers still didn’t target the middle of the field. Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth didn’t get targeted up until midway through the 4th quarter. That pass cruised high, and Mitch Trubisky tossed it into triple protection. His very first catch featured 2:56 left in the 4th quarter, a remarkable grab for a 26-yard gain. He followed it up with another on the next play over the middle for 15 backyards. But routing by 2 ratings, it was far too late for those conclusions to have much influence on the video game.

QB breakdown: Trubisky did what he stated he required to do in the days leading up to the conference with the Browns: he was more aggressive and he targeted George Pickens — a minimum of in the very first half. Trubisky aired the ball out regularly in the very first half, getting in touch with Pickens for a 36-yard conclusion — thanks to the pass receiver’s remarkable one-handed snag — for the Steelers’ longest pass play of the season. Trubisky likewise flaunted his movement as he got away from pressure, finishing 7 of 8 passes from outside the pocket for 108 backyards in the very first half — the most for any Steelers’ quarterback outside the pocket given that 2015. But Trubisky and the offense reverted back to an anemic brand name of football in the 2nd half. After finishing 9 of 13 passes for 109 backyards in the very first half, Trubisky finished 6 of 12 passes for 41 backyards up until the last drive of the 4th quarter, when he targeted the middle of the field and moved the ball into variety for a basket. — Brooke Pryor

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George Pickens in some way gets a hand under this ball for the unbelievable one-handed grab.

Underrated figure to understand: Three various Steelers have actually now made a one-handed catch this season (Pickens, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool). No other group has actually had several one-handed receptions yet.

Next video game: vs. Jets (1 p.m. ET, Oct. 2)

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