Were the Browns able to finally get into the win column or did the Steelers break their own 4 game losing streak?
In a game that should have been a walk through for the Steelers, the Browns managed to keep it close despite never really getting their offense going. Cleveland used two quarterbacks due to a hit from Lawrence Timmons that received a penalty, causing a concussion to Cody Kessler. Enter veteran Josh McCown looking like the better choice for the Browns, But this game belonged to the Pittsburgh Defense who needed a strong showing against one of the weakest teams in the league. Did they ever deliver with a season high 8 sacks forcing two turnovers (one interception and one fumble returned for a score) and holding the Browns to only 209 yards total. James Harrison became the Steelers all time sack leader, he now has 78.5 sacks in his illustrious career.
Steelers dominated Browns
The Steelers lead time of possession by almost 10 minutes and had control of the game from the beginning. Le’veon Bell lead the way with 28 carries for 146 yards and a score as well as 8 catches for 55 yards. Ben Roethlisberger was 23-36 for 167 yards with 8 of those throws to Antionio Brown for 76 yards. The Steelers finished the game with 24 first downs and 313 total yards in a very important divisional game that had huge playoff implications. With the Ravens loss to the Cowboys today Pittsburgh has pulled back even at 5-5 with Baltimore at the top of the AFC north. The Ravens do own the tie breaker at this point in the season but with a divisional show down looming on Christmas Day the Steelers win today against Cleveland have evened the playing Field.
Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore – AFC North
At just two games past the mid point of the season the division is down to two teams, with Cincinnati and Cleveland virtually out of contention it’s is either Pittsburgh or Baltimore’s to lose. One of these two teams will be your AFC North Champions and with the fire power in the AFC at the moment will likely be the fourth seed in the playoffs, and the other may be watching from home.
The Steelers play the Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving in yet another AFC showdown that has playoff football written all over it. Every game is a must win for the Pittsburgh Steelers from this point on if they have plans the playoffs let alone if they want the division Crown. Look forward to a high scoring game against Andrew Luck and the Colts in what should be a very entertaining yet important AFC match up.