Cleveland – Nick Chubb A run for 113 yards and a touchdown as the Cleveland Browns dominated the second-half over the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday at First Energy Stadium.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amary Cooper He gave up the kick on the side that allowed the New York Jets to make a stunning comeback on Sunday. Thursday night against the Steelers, Cooper more than atones for that mistake.
He finished with seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, propelling Brown to victory.
“We have to own it, learn from it and fire it,” Cooper said this week of the crash against the planes. Cooper led Cleveland’s rebound performance, with Brown (2-1) taking first place in the North Asian standings.
pivotal play: In the third and 1 to start the fourth quarter, quarterback Jacobi Brisset Zeff deliver to CHEP. Meanwhile, Cooper lunged away from the Steelers’ corner Cameron Sutton Before towing at a 32-yard reception at the 39-yard Pittsburgh line. Cleveland hit the ball in the end zone eight times later to go up by two points. With a major playing reception, Cooper became the first Browns player in nine years to finish a game over 100 yards and receive touchdowns in consecutive games.
QB breakdown: Brissett put in another solid performance in his third start for the Browns. Threw a pair of first-half touchdowns, one to Cooper in a diagonal direction, the other to a tight end David Ngoku At the back of the end area. Brisset finished the game 21 of 31 passes for 220 yards as he continued to hold Brown’s attack.
worrying trend: Brown lost both starting linemen to injury, including Anthony WalkerHe was taken off the field with a left knee injury. Jeremiah Oso Kuramuah He also left the match with a quadruple injury. Cleveland was already missing the defensive end Jadvion Clooneywho injured his ankle last weekend. – Jake Trotter
Statistics not estimated to find out: Cooper now has a TD cast in consecutive games. No wide receiver from the Browns sustained a touchdown receiver in back-to-back games last season.
Next match: At Falcons (1 p.m. ET, Oct. 2)
The Steelers called for an aggressive approach to crime after two weeks of disappointing performance. For half, they delivered it.
But the disappointing second half from the attack that could not stand the leadership along with the defense that could not lead to a rush of passes or defense in the run buried the Steelers (1-2) in the loss to Brown.
worrying trend: For the second week in a row, the Steelers struggled to get an effective pass TJ WattAbsence. Larry Ogongobe And the Alex Highsmith The cyst was combined early on, but that was the only one until late in the fourth quarter. With the pass faltering, Brissett pressed only three of the 23 waning teams in the first half. And at the back end, the Steelers high school had a series of malfunctions and miscommunication that led to major plays and downfalls. Terrell Edmonds He was in the wrong position on the Browns’ first score, an 11-yard pass from Brissett to Cooper, which gave the receiver too much space. Cooper dined in high school, collecting 101 yards in seven catches. An ineffective dash into the pass also contributed to Brown’s ability to run the ball freely, Chubb (23 carrying, 113 yards) and cream hunt (12 holders, 47 yards) carved out the Steelers’ defense.
The biggest gap in the game plan: For all the offensive adjustments made – at least in the first half – the Steelers didn’t target the midfield. Steelers tight end Pat Freermouth It wasn’t targeted until the middle of the fourth quarter. This lane sailed high, and Mitch Trubesky It was delivered in triple coverage. Freiermuth’s first catch came with 2:56 left in the fourth quarter, an impressive grab for his 26-yard gains. Follow it up with another at the next play over the middle for 15 yards. But trailing by two points, it was too late to make a significant impact on the match.
QB breakdown: Trubisky did what he said he needed to do in the days leading up to the meeting with Brown: He was more aggressive and targeted George Pickens – At least in the first half. Trubisky popped the ball more often in the first half, connecting with Pickens to complete 36 yards – thanks to a superb one-handed hurdle for the wide receiver – for the Steelers’ longest pass played this season. Trubisky also demonstrated his mobility while escaping the pressure, completing 7 of his 8 out-of-pocket passes for 108 yards in the first half – the most for any Steelers quarterback out of pocket since 2015. But Trubisky and attacking are back on brand Football anemia in the second half. After completing 9 of 13 passes for 109 yards in the first half, Trubisky completed 6 of 12 passes for 41 yards until the last push of the fourth quarter, when he targeted midfield and moved the ball into the range for a field goal. . – Brooke Pryor
George Pickens somehow put a hand under this ball to catch it with one hand.
Statistics not estimated to find out: Three different Steelers have now made one-handed catches this season (Pickens, Deontay Johnson And the Claypool chase). No other team has made multiple one-handed receptions yet.
Next match: Opposite the Jets (1 p.m. ET, Oct. 2)