Steelers Vs. Browns score, takeaways: Nick Chubb, Amari Cooper power Cleveland past Pittsburgh

Four days later, the Browns bounced back by defeating their longtime rivals at home on “Thursday Night Football.” With the help of Nick Chubb and a strong second half by their defense, the Browns posted a 29-17 victory to move to 2-1 on the season. Pittsburgh, fresh off its own disappointing Week 2 loss, fell to 1-2.

Trailing 14-13 at halftime, the Browns scored on their first two drives of the second half to take control of the game. The offense was fueled by Chubb, who finished the night with 113 yards on 23 carries. Cleveland got a big night from Amari Cooper, whose 32-yard catch on a third-and-1 play set up Chubb’s 1-yard touchdown that extended the Browns’ lead to 23-14 with 9:29 left. The Browns put an exclamation point on the victory with Denzel Ward’s defensive score on the final play of the game.

After a slow start fueled by two mistakes, the Browns — led by a 37-yard run by Chubb — struck first on Jacoby Brissett’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Cooper, who finished the night with 101 yards on seven catches. The Steelers answered with Najee Harris’ 5-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter. A balletic, A hand grip Freshman George Pickens set up Harris’ touchdown.

Cleveland scored on David Njoku’s touchdown catch from Brissett with 8:58 left before halftime. The Steelers got their first lead when Mitch Trubisky scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Pittsburgh’s offense started the second half with another promising drive that ultimately fizzled just short of passing midfield. Pittsburgh, after doing little for most of the second half, was able to mount a late scoring drive that made it a six-point game with 1:46 left. A penalty on their subsequent onside kick, however, allowed the Browns to run the game clock down to nine seconds.

Strong winds affected both kickers during the first half. Boswell missed a 53-yard attempt on Pittsburgh’s second drive. Browns rookie kicker Kate York missed a PAT, but made a 34-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter to give Cleveland the lead for good.

Why the Steelers lost

Heading into tonight, Trubisky had never had a game over 200 yards, but tonight had a stat line of 20-of-32 for 211 yards and no touchdowns.

Trubisky hasn’t shown enough this season, and some are asking if he should be benched for new QB Kenny Pickett.

On offense, Deontay Johnson was the star of the night for the Steelers, with six receptions for 63 yards and a fumble recovery, but had some key drops. The Steelers offense clearly has a lot more work to do.

Defenses couldn’t keep up with Chubb, one of the best running backs in the NFL, who recorded another 100-yard game on his resume.

Defenses miss TJ Watt and historically can’t win without him. They are now 0-6 when Watt is on the sidelines.

Why the Browns won

The Browns battled through all three phases of the game to come out of the loss and bounce back with a game that helped everyone win.

Brissett looked confident and composed, able to use his rushing skills in short-term situations when needed.

When we talk about the run game, let’s talk about Supp. Chubb absolutely demolished the Steelers defense, putting up 23 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown. Since 2018, he has 24 100-yard games, the most in the league over that span.

Cooper had a rhythm with Brissett and finished the game with seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.

What sealed the deal for the Browns was keeping the Steelers off the field and forcing three-and-outs late in the game. The Steelers never recovered from those two stops, which brings us to our turning point of the game.

(And the garbage time defensive touchdown didn’t hurt.)

turning point

Late in the third quarter, a 35-yard pass from Trubisky to Jaylen Warren was called back due to a penalty on Chukwuma Okorafor. That drive led to a Steelers punt shortly after and the Browns responded by kicking a field goal on their next drive.

With the ball back, the Steelers couldn’t do anything again, three-and-out.

The Browns answered again, this time using 6:35 to go 11 plays for 80 yards to make it 23-14. In the scoring drive, multiple players made an impact and the Browns looked like they were in full control of the game and Brissett was in full control of his offense.

Chubb had his fair share of rushes, including one for 16 yards, with over 100 yards on the ground in this run. Cooper came up big in the air with a 32-yard pass to put them in Steelers territory. It was Chubb who punched it in for a yard on fourth-and-1.

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

Game of the game

The Steelers didn’t get the win, but they did get the next best thing, which is in our “Play of the Game” category.

Wide receiver George Pickens proved why he was the talk of Steelers training camp with one catch. In the first quarter, Pickens made an incredible one-handed catch that seemed to defy gravity.

Pickens’ catch came on a second-and-3 play when Trubisky tossed one to the right sideline. A 36-yard catch put the Steelers in the red zone and set up a touchdown Najee Harris.

What’s next

The Browns travel to Atlanta next week to face the Falcons, who are 0-2 as we enter Week 3. The Falcons’ two losses have both been close, a 27-26 loss to the Saints and a 31-27 loss to the defensive Super Bowl. Champion Rams.

The Steelers will host the Jets in Week 4. The Jets offense has been led by quarterback Joe Flacco so far, with Zach Wilson still out with a bone bruise and a torn meniscus. Wilson was expected to miss two to four weeks and not return for Week 3. Through two weeks, Flacco is third with 616, behind the Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa (739) and the Commanders’ Carson Wentz (650).

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