Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Live Game Thread
The Cleveland Browns (4-1) travel to Heinz Field and faceoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0) for the first time this season. This is a huge matchup for both team as the race for the AFC North division crown is closer than normal. The Steelers are currently atop of the division with an undefeated record as QB Ben Roethlisberger looks to continue his unbeaten streak at home vs the Browns. This is also Roethlisberger's first game against the Cleveland Browns in nearly two years after being placed on IR early last season.
Drama surrounding this game is at an all time as DE Myles Garrett suits up against the Steelers for the first time since his incident with QB Mason Rudolph. Garrett has been playing like an early defensive player of the year candidate and helps the Browns defense tremendously. He shall definitely be the focal point of commentary throughout the game regardless of his potential impact.
On the offensive side of the ball, head coach Kevin Stefanski looks to get his explosive run game back on track. It will be no easy feat as the Steelers boast the number run defense in the NFL. Will this be a comeback for the Browns running back room that is missing Nick Chubb for the second straight game. Also, will QB Baker Mayfield limit turnover worthy plays against an average Steelers secondary?
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The Steelers get the ball first and start the game with a five yard run by James Conner.
3rd & 5, Ben Roethlisberger finds James Washington down the far sideline with nice touch out of the reach of Terrance Mitchell for a first down.
2nd &10, James Conner takes a HB Draw for ten yards and follows it up for a 7 yard run on first down.
2nd & 6, Roethlisberger stays in the pocket and targets Washington in the endzone and the pass in broken up by Denzel Ward.
Browns defense holds up and limits the Steelers to a 35-yard field goal by Chris Boswell
Steelers 3 - Browns 0
Browns start the first drive with a two yard run by Kareem Hunt.
Mayfield drops back for second pass of the game and throws a pick six to FS Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Steelers 10 - Browns 0
Browns second drive starts with a three yard run by Kareem Hunt and followed by a batted pass at the line of scrimmage.
3rd & 7, Mayfield is sacked by Bud Dupree after good man coverage downfield.
Steelers offense off to slow start for second drive. 3rd & 9, Sheldrick Redwine blitz off edge and sacks Roethlisberger to force three and out.
Mayfield completes his first pass of the game with a playaction on first down with a 16 yard check down to Austin Hooper.
Kareem Hunt keeps the chain moving with a 11 yard run on first down and follows it up with eight yard run.
2nd & 2, Mayfield is sacked by Devin Bush after quick initial pressure by T.J. Watt.
3rd & 10, the pass is caught by Odell Beckham but is forced out bounds and it is incomplete. Browns forced to punt.
Steelers start the drive with two runs to set up a 3rd and medium.
3rd & 5, Olivier Vernon knocks down the slant pass and the defense forces back to back three and outs.
2nd & 12, Mayfield finds Kareem Hunt in the flat on a check down for a 13 yard gain.
D'Ernerst Johnson first carry of the game with Hunt on the sideline goes for 6 yards.
3rd & 4, Mayfield holds the ball with pressure incoming and escapes but can't find an open receiver.
4th & 4, false start by Jedrick Wills on a hard count and Gilan punts it to the Steelers 12 yard line.
Steelers start the drive by a shifty run by James Conner for a 15 yard gain.
After a facemask penalty by Redwine, on first down Roethlisberger finds MacDonald for a five yard gain.
2nd & 5, Roethlisberger targets his other TE Eric Ebron for a six yard first down.
1st & 10, Roethlisberger finds Washington for a 7 yard gain and on second down Roethlisberger targets Chase Claypool downfield for a huge gain downfield.
Steelers hurry quickly to the line and hand the ball off to Conner for a 4 yard rushing touchdown.
Steelers 17 - Browns 0
1st & 10, Mayfield finds Odell Beckham on a comeback route with a toe tap catch for a 11 yard gain.
2nd & 10, Jack Conklin penalized for holding on T.J. Watt, pushes the offense back 10 yards.
2nd & 20, Mayfield dumps off screen pass to Austin Hooper for eight yard gain.
3rd & 12, Mayfield drops back and is immediately pressured by T.J. Watt, escapes the pocket and throws an interception to CB Mike Sutton.
After a false start on first down by Myles Garrett, the Browns quickly stop Conner on the run.
3rd & 1, Conner breaks threw the congestion and picks up over ten yards for a new set of downs.
1st & 10, Roethlisberger pumps fake on a double move and finds James Washington wide open for a 28 yard touchdown.
Steelers 24 - Browns 0
Browns start the drive with two straight runs to Kareem Hunt for a third and short. 3rd & 4, Watt penalized for neutral zone infraction.
1st & 10, Mayfield finds Austin Hooper wide open off playaction for a huge 36 yard gain.
Odell Beckham draws illegal contact penalty on Joe Haden for automatic first down.
Injury Update: Devin Bush off to sideline with apparent knee injury.
2nd & 10, Browns hand off to Kareem Hunt for five yard gain as two minute warning comes.
3rd & 5, Stefanski calls cross HB screen and Kareem Hunt fights for every inch for a first down to move the chains.
2nd & 10, Mayfield finds Rashard Higgins wide open in the endzone for their second connection in the past two games.
Steelers 24 - Browns 7
2nd & 10, Roethlisberger is sacked by Myles Garrett to give the Browns a chance to score points before the half.
Browns start drive with a flag by Jarvis Landry for offensive pass interference, and then is targeted for a ten yard catch.
Mayfield finds Austin Hooper underneath short of the first down.
3rd & 1, Mayfield is sacked by Bud Dupree and Cam Heyward. Shaken up after the hit.
Browns start the second half with an ugly possession and goes three and out. Mayfield sacked on second down for huge loss.
Steelers back on offense and go back to James Conner early with two straight runs for a nine yard gain.
3rd & 1, Roethlisberger quickly throws it for a screen and incomplete. Stays on the field for fourth down.
4th & 1, Conner gets enough lounge for the first down.
1st & 10, Maurkice Pouncey is flagged for holding on a screen pass.
3rd & 13, Roethlisberger finds Ebron for a first down but gets flagged for offensive pass interference.
Browns force punt after a series of penalties to push back drive. Browns need to answer with a score to make it a game.
Browns start the drive with a 5 yard run by Kareem Hunt.
Injury Update: Devin Bush OUT with a knee injury.
Kevin Stefanski challenges catch by Jarvis Landry and wins the challenge to make 4th & 1.
The Steelers defense pushes back entire offensive line and turnover of downs for Browns.
Browns offense has negative three yards for the third quarter.
Steelers start drive with two straight runs by James Conner which total six yards.
3rd & 4, James Conner takes the delayed handoff for a ten yard gain down into the redzone.
Steelers rotate in RB Benny Snell and continue to pound the ball. 3rd & 2, Snell marked down short near the five yard line.
4th & 1, Roethlisberger uses hard count and sneaks it for first and goal.
Steelers run jet sweep to Chase Claypool runs in for a two yard touchdown.
Steelers 31 - Browns 7
Case Keenum now in the game as Mayfield is done for the day.
1st & 10, Austin Hooper is tackled hard for a six yard loss on a screen dump off.
Keenum finds Jarvis Landry wide open in the middle of the field for a 25 yard gain to end the quarter.
Keenum starts the quarter finding Odell Beckham for 14 yards on first down.
2nd & 10, Keenum dumps a screen pass to Hooper for a 8 yard gain
4th & 2, after broken up pass by Haden on third down, Keenum can't connect with Hunt and another turnover of downs.
Steelers start with a run by James Conner for a eight yard gain.
Conner follow up with a 6 yard first down run to move the chains.
Benny Snell takes two carries to get another set of downs after second a few.
3rd & 7, Roethlisberger finds Chase Claypool underneath makes a few defenders miss then reaches for the endzone and ruled short.
Benny Snell runs in for a two yard touchdown and Steelers expand their lead.
Steelers 38 - Browns 7
Dontrell Hilliard gets his first carry of the game and finds a hole for a 19 yard run. Then follows it up with a 8 yard run.
Browns are stuffed twice with one yard to go and have a third straight turnover on downs.
Steelers have Mason Rudolph in at quarterback and look to pound the ball and chew clock.
Browns back on offense and don't get anything going and punt inside their own redzone.
Steelers run the ball and kneel to end the game.
Steelers 38 - Browns 7
Browns fall to 4-2 and look forward to the Bengals next week.