Last week, the Steelers’ supporters were upset with Mitch Trubisky after their team managed just 14 points in a loss to the Patriots. Tonight they like him more. Trubisky has ran for a 1-yard touchdown and completed 9 of 13 throws for 109 yards. At halftime, the Steelers lead the Browns 14-13.
Despite Cade York’s missed PAT, the Steelers lead the Browns 14-13 at the half
Cade York, a kicker for Cleveland, missed an extra point for the second time in as many weeks. In Week 2, the Browns fell to the Jets 31-30.
Najee Harris scored the Steelers’ first touchdown on a 5-yard run, giving him 10 carries for 46 yards overall.
George Pickens produced a highlight-reel, 36-yard catch to set up the Steelers’ first touchdown, while Diontae Johnson has four catches for 48 yards.
16 of his 22 attempts were completed for 134 yards and two scores by Jacoby Brissett. Amari Cooper and David Njoku scored on him for gains of 11 and 7, respectively. Cooper has four receptions for 35 yards while Njoku has seven for 69; Cooper, though, lost a fourth-down throw late in the first half.
Analysis of the first half of the Week 3 Browns vs. Steelers game
In Week 3, the Cleveland Browns were able to compete with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even though the Browns are trailing the Steelers by just one point going into halftime, they are still within a score of overtaking them. Cleveland could have an opportunity to take control of the game if they can play some staunch defense in the third quarter, even if they will kick off to Pittsburgh to start the second half.
So far, Brissett’s performance has been almost faultless. Brissett has led the Browns down the field for two lengthy scoring drives and has connected with seven different receivers for catches, despite the fact that he would want to perform better than 16-for-22 on his pass attempts.
Cleveland took the lead again early in the second quarter when the quarterback connected with wide receiver Amari Cooper to score the team’s first touchdown of the game.
Brissett has been a pillar for the Browns thus far this season, despite the fact that his counting stats might not bring him much acclaim from the league or among fantasy football players. As he improves on an already strong performance, he may begin to catch the eye of the national public who are seeing him for the first time on the football field.
Pass rush from Cleveland against Mitchell Trubisky has been nonexistent.
Fans will have to wait until the third and fourth quarters of this game to find out if Myles Garrett can ultimately break the Browns’ franchise record; he is still one sack short. Trubisky has been pressured three times overall by the team, but no sacks have been recorded.
In order to overwhelm the Steelers’ line and get his players into Pittsburgh’s backfield, defensive coordinator Joe Woods would be wise to turn up more blitzes or try some creative alignments and responsibilities. In particular, given the team’s defensive meltdown last week against the New York Jets, Woods may find himself on the hot seat if he can’t adapt to the game in real-time.
Most football games don’t really depend much on the wind, but because the Browns’ first two games were decided by a combined three points, this week feels like it will come down to a field goal. Both kickers—York on a point-after attempt and Boswell on a three-point effort—have already failed on one of their attempts.
This intense contest between two AFC North rivals appears to be headed for a close outcome, as Cleveland is trailing by a point due to unfavorable kicking conditions.
The Browns will need to score touchdowns in the second half to make sure they don’t lose their second straight game, regardless of whether the wind will be in their favor or not at the final whistle.
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