Cleveland Browns vs. Steelers Preview: How to Break the Tie
The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers meet for the second time this season. Neither of these teams looks the same as they did in a Week 1 tie.
We all remember the first game of the season against the Steelers that should have ended in a Cleveland Browns win, but instead, it ended in a missed field goal from former Browns kicker Zane Gonzales.
The Steelers have completely turned there season around, after beating Cincinnati two weeks ago they sit at the top of the AFC North. Since the first meeting with the Steelers, the Browns have gone two and four but also have a new signal caller.
Let’s recap that first game Ben Roethlisberger had a less than stellar effort almost costing his team a loss he 23-of-41 for 335 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
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James Conner was impressive in his first regular season game as the lead back he carried the rock 31 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five catches for 57 yards. In this game, he was used like Le’veon Bell with his hard running and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
JuJu Smith-Schuster led the team in receiving yards with 119 yards on five receptions, Antonio Brown led the team in total receptions with 9 and added 93 yards and Big Ben’s only touchdown pass. It seems a bit useless to share the Browns passing stats from the first considering that the current starter Baker Mayfield held a clip board for that game.
The Week 1 starter Tyrod Taylor had a rough coming out party he completed 15-of-40 passes for 197 yards with one touchdown and one pick and had a QBR of 42.6. Taylor was sacked seven times for a loss of 47 yards. The leading rusher for the Browns was of course the starting QB Tyrod Taylor who rushed eight times for 77 yards and a score.
Carlos Hyde finished the day with 62 yards on the ground on 22 carries that’s an average of 2.8 yards and a touchdown. Jarvis Landry had an impressive debut in a Browns uniform he snagged seven catches for 106 yards. The infamous Josh Gordon caught the only touchdown pass thrown by Taylor he was 17 yard catch on his lone reception.
This Steelers team is a completely different team than the one they saw in Week 1. Ben Roethlisberger has been playing at a high rate since throwing three interceptions in the season opener.
They’re also coming off of a great comeback win against the Bengals where Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown on a game winning touchdown catch to rocket them into first place in the AFC North.
The Browns will look to get there first road win of the season in Pittsburgh.