Week 3 instant reactions: Browns bounce-back with huge win over Steelers

Browns, Nick Chubb. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Browns, Nick Chubb. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns put their loss to New York behind them with a big win on Thursday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Winning cures everything. The Cleveland Browns had a lot of questions to answer following their loss to the New York Jets on Sunday but they also had a short week that allowed them an opportunity to move on quickly.

They did exactly that as they shook off a 14-13 deficit at the half to score 10 unanswered points en route to a huge win over the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh did get a field goal late to make it a six-point game but there was no onside kick miracle this week for the opposing team — although it was close — and the final score wound up being 29-17 for the Browns as Denzel Ward got a touchdown when the Steelers botched a last-second lateral play.

Jacoby Brissett takes ownership

Jacoby Brissett is no dummy. He knows Deshaun Watson will be taking over when he returns but he’s showing true leadership while he’s the man.

He not only delivered some great passes in this one, but he was impressive on quarterback sneaks, continually giving his team a fresh set of downs. He might not be flashy but he’s a savvy veteran who just does his job — and does it well.

Amari Cooper is legit

Cleveland found something special in Amari Cooper. The former Dallas Cowboy was added for a mere fifth-round pick and he’s put up 202 yards and two touchdowns in the past two games — with exactly 101 in each.

Cooper almost had even more as he had one huge play called back since he stepped out of bounds before the catch and was unable to haul in a deep ball from Jacoby Brissett late in the game — and that was due to Brissett putting some extra juice on the pass.

Browns defense woke up

While they allowed Mitch Trubisky to move the ball with some ease in the first half, Cleveland’s defense tightened up in the final 30 minutes. They had three consecutive three-and-outs that put them in a great position to put the game away — which they did this time.

Nick Chubb is that dude

Nick Chubb is an absolute animal. He crossed the 100-yard mark for the second time this season and ran in a one-yard touchdown on fourth-down to put the game away in the fourth quarter. He’s capable of carrying a team on his back even when the opponent knows he’s about to get the ball 20 times.

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