Browns top 3 moments after first quarter of the 2022 season
No. 1: Beating Pittsburgh in Prime Time
The Browns were in desperate need of a Week 3 over their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers and found a way to do just that.
A week prior, Cleveland blew a 13-point lead with 1:55 left to the New York Jets, who didn’t have a single timeout left. That is arguably the worst loss in franchise history.
The Steelers have absolutely owned the Browns since the latter returned to the NFL in1999, especially over the past 18 years. Now that it’s spooky season, the Browns no longer have to look in the shadows for the Boogie Man, aka, Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh is without Big Ben for the first time since 2003, so we’ll see how that pans out.
After the disastrous loss to the Jets, Cleveland needed to bounce back and prove they could handle the adversity. They did that and then some and now are one step closer to doing something they haven’t done since 1988.
Cleveland has gone 33 consecutive seasons without a season-sweep of Pittsburgh and that could change come Week 18. That matchup will look vastly different than the Week 3 showdown as Deshaun Watson will be playing for the Browns and Kenny Pickett will be under center for the Steelers.
That’s 14 weeks away, but looking back at the first quarter of the season, that is the biggest moment of their season thus far. History was not on the side of Cleveland, but in 2022, the franchise has a chance to turn its divisional shortcomings in the opposite direction.