Stud: Myles Garrett, EDGE
The Steelers had the momentum after scoring 10 unanswered heading into the half to go up 10-7. They then went 59 yards on the opening drive in the third quarter, mostly on the ground.
Cleveland was gashed for a 22-yard run by Jaylen Warren and a steady dose of five-to-10-yard gains from Najee Harris. But when the defense was able to force a third down, Myles Garrett stepped up and made a huge play.
Garrett sacked Kenny Pickett for a six-yard loss which forced the punt and kept it a one-score game. It was also the 16th sack of the season for Garrett, who tied the franchise record for the most in one year — a record he set in 2021.
In addition to his play in the pass-rushing department, Garrett continued to set the edge in the run game. He finished with seven tackles on the day and was easily the best defender on the field for Cleveland.
Dud: Wyatt Teller, Offensive Guard
As was the case with James Hudson on the opening drive, the Browns had an offensive lineman stall things out on their second possession. This time, Watson hit David Njoku for 27 yards on second-and-nine but again, a flag was thrown.
This penalty was on Wyatt Teller who was called for being ineligible downfield. Even more frustrating was that left tackle Jedrick Wills was also called for holding, so either of them could have ruined that drive.
The entire offensive line was an issue as they gave up seven sacks, and plenty of other quarterback hurries that Watson was able to avoid.