Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Ravens, Redskins earn big wins, Steelers tie on road with Browns

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon bottom cannot hold onto the ball under pressure from Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Joe Haden top during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Sept. 9 2018 in Cleveland. (AP Cam Sutton Makes Game-Saving INT for Steelers
Tamara Craig | 11 September, 2018, 10:14

It's somewhat understandable after the Steelers tied a much-improved Cleveland Browns team 21-21. It was rainy there and it caused a problem for both kickers in overtime.

Although Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner looked solid replacing Le'Veon Bell in Week 1, the outcome of the game left fans less than thrilled.

Garoppolo finished 15 for 33 for 261 yards and a touchdown pass to rookie Dante Pettis. JuJu Smith-Schuster was the Steelers leading receiver and he caught five passes for 119 yards receiving.

Roethlisberger completed 23 of 41 attempts for 335 yards with one TD and three picks.

After the first interception, Cleveland moved it 16 yards. Conner rushed for 135 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns, and he also caught five passes for 57 more yards to finish with 36 touches for 192 yards from scrimmage. The lightning quick pass catcher had three targets on the day.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt reacts after the Browns field goal was blocked in overtime during an NFL football game Sunday Sept. 9 2018 in Cleveland. The Browns and the Steelers tied at 21
Le'Veon Bell reacted to the Steelers' Week 1 tie against the Browns with a single emoji

Cleveland and Pittsburgh exchanged possessions late in the fourth quarter before the Browns took control of the ball with 2:10 remaining. The third one, they just let the game go to the half - which was understandable and deserves a pass. But it could lead to more touchdowns too, like the beauty he threw to Josh Gordon that tied things up. Of the 48 pass completions of 20-plus yards, 19 came in that interval.

Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry and the biggest offseason Browns signing in at least a decade, has gone on record as being someone who isn't down for the B.S. with this HBO Hard Knocks rousing speech. Ask DeCastro why they struggled so much slowing down Browns' defensive end Myles Garrett but don't ask him if things could be better if Bell had been there.

They failed to win the game despite getting six takeaways by their opportunistic defense: three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Watt already had four sacks and 11 tackles when the made the game's defining play. But the Steelers, who sacked Taylor seven times, refused to offer any excuses after falling dangerously close to becoming the first team to lose to the Browns in Week 1 since 2004.

It was the league's first Week 1 tie since 1971, and the first time in 133 games the Browns and Steelers couldn't settle their rivalry on the field.

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