Steelers vs. Browns rating, takeaways: Nick Chubb, Amari Cooper power Cleveland past Pittsburgh

Four days after their gut-wrenching loss, the Browns rebounded by defeating their longtime rivals at dwelling on “Thursday Night Football.” Aided by Nick Chubb and a robust second half by their protection, the Browns posted a 29-17 victory to maneuver to 2-1 on the season. Pittsburgh, contemporary off its personal disappointing Week 2 loss, fell to 1-2.

Trailing 14-13 at intermission, the Browns took management of the sport by scoring on their first two drives of the second half. The offense was fueled by Chubb, who completed the night time with 113 yards on 23 carries. Cleveland additionally acquired a giant night time from Amari Cooper, whose 32-yard catch on a third-and-1 play arrange Chubb’s 1-yard landing that prolonged the Browns’ result in 23-14 with 9:29 left. The Browns put an exclamation level on the win with Denzel Ward’s defensive rating on the sport’s last play.

After gradual begins on either side of the ball, the Browns — spearheaded by a 37-yard run by Chubb — struck first on Jacoby Brissett’s 11-yard landing move to Cooper, who completed the night time with 101 yards on seven catches. The Steelers responded with Najee Harris’ 5-yard landing run to start out the second quarter. A balletic, one-handed catch by rookie George Pickens arrange Harris’ landing.

Cleveland countered with David Njoku’s landing catch from Brissett with 8:58 left till halftime. The Steelers took their first lead moments later when Mitch Trubisky scored on a 1-yard landing run. Pittsburgh’s offense began the second half with one other promising drive that finally fizzled shortly after crossing the midfield. Pittsburgh, after doing little for a lot of the second half, was capable of mount a late scoring drive that made it a six-point recreation with 1:46 left. A penalty on their ensuing onside kick, nonetheless, allowed the Browns to run the sport clock all the way down to 9 seconds.

Heavy winds affected each kickers throughout the first half. Boswell missed a 53-yard try on Pittsburgh’s second drive. Browns rookie kicker Cade York missed a PAT however made up for it by making his 34-yard subject aim try late within the third quarter to present Cleveland the lead for good.

Why the Steelers misplaced

Before heading into tonight, Trubisky didn’t have one recreation with over 200 yards passing, however simply did it tonight, with a stat line of 20-for-32 for 211 yards and no touchdowns.

Trubisky has not proven sufficient this season, with some asking if he needs to be benched for rookie QB Kenny Pickett.

On offense, Diontae Johnson was the participant of the night time for the Steelers, with six receptions for 63 yards and a fumble restoration, however did have some key drops. The Steelers offense clearly has loads it nonetheless must work on.

The protection was unable to maintain up with Chubb, top-of-the-line working backs within the NFL, who recorded one other 100-yard recreation on his resume.

The protection missed TJ Watt and traditionally didn’t win with out him. They at the moment are 0-6 when Watt is on the sidelines.

Why the Browns gained

The Browns got here off a loss the place all three phases of the sport struggled and bounced again with a recreation the place everybody had a serving to hand within the win.

Brissett seemed assured and composed and when wanted was in a position to make use of his speeding talents on short-yardage conditions.

Speaking of the working recreation, let’s speak about Chubb. Chubb completely demolished the Steelers protection, placing up 23 carries for 113 yards and a landing. Since 2018, he has 24 100-yard video games, essentially the most within the league throughout that span.

I used to be additionally impressed by Cooper, who had a rhythm with Brissett and completed the sport with seven catches for 101 yards and a landing.

What sealed the deal for the Browns was the protection holding the Steelers off the sphere and forcing back-to-back three-and-outs towards the tip of the sport. The Steelers have been by no means capable of get well from these two stops, which brings us proper to our turning level of the sport.

(And the rubbish time defensive landing did not damage.)

Turning level

Late within the third quarter, a 35-yard move from Trubisky to Jaylen Warren was referred to as again resulting from a penalty on Chukwuma Okorafor. That drive led to a Steelers punt not lengthy after and the Browns responded by scoring a subject aim on their subsequent drive.

With the ball again, the Steelers have been once more unable to do something with it, going three-and-out.

The Browns responded as soon as once more, this time utilizing 6:35 to go 11 performs for 80 yards and scoring a landing to make it 23-14. On the scoring drive, a number of gamers made an impression and the Browns seemed like that they had full management of the sport and Brissett seemed like he had full management of his offense.

Chubb, who handed over 100 yards on the bottom on this drive, had his fair proportion of rushes, together with one for 16 yards. Cooper got here up massive within the air with a 32-yard move to place them in Steelers territory. Chubb was the one to punch it in for a yard on fourth-and-1.

To make issues worse for the Steelers, they responded with one other three-and-out, making it two in a row.

Play of the sport

The Steelers didn’t get the win, however they did get the subsequent neatest thing, a characteristic in our “Play of the Game” phase.

Wide receiver George Pickens proved why he was the speak of the Steelers coaching camp with a single catch. In the primary quarter, Pickens made an unimaginable one-handed catch that appeared to defy gravity.

Pickens’ catch got here off a second-and-3 play, with Trubisky tossing one to the proper sideline. The 36-yard catch put the Steelers within the crimson zone and arrange a landing from Najee Harris.

What’s subsequent

The Browns will head to Atlanta to face the Falcons subsequent week, who’re 0-2 as we enter Week 3. The Falcons’ two losses have each been shut, shedding 27-26 to the Saints and 31-27 to the defending Super Bowl champion Rams.

The Steelers will host the Jets in Week 4. The Jets offense has been led by quarterback Joe Flacco thus far, with Zach Wilson nonetheless on the sidelines with a bone bruise and meniscus tear. Wilson was anticipated to overlook two-to-four weeks and won’t return for Week 3. Through two weeks, Flacco is third in passing yards with 616, behind Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa (739) and Commanders’ Carson Wentz (650).

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