Final thoughts from Browns-Steelers

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 25, 2012 – 10:23 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some final thoughts on the Browns’ 20-14 victory against the Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

>>It’s true what they say about everything being better in Cleveland after a win against the Steelers. All of a sudden, it was a much happier Thanksgiving. And the sting of eight losses feels a little less painful. And the weather seemingly got a whole lot warmer (despite the 34-degree reading at kickoff). And the promise and hope that several young players have provided on both sides of the ball became a little more believable. Yes, it’s true: A win against the Steelers is the best salve of all.

>>The Browns gave one of their best defensive performances of the season, if not multiple years. It started with the forcing of eight turnovers, the most by the Browns since a 1989 victory against Pittsburgh. Five were fumbles resulting from crushing hits. The Browns’ front seven consistently won the battle up front, getting good penetration on run and pass plays.

>>The Browns knew they had to force the Steelers to put the bulk of their offense on the shaky, 37-year-old throwing arm of third-string quarterback Charlie Batch. That effort began by stuffing the run and making the Steelers one-dimensional. After that, the Browns played mostly sound coverage, giving Batch few open spots to attack. That, and the pressure the Browns were able to generate, went a long way toward Batch throwing three interceptions.

>>Brandon Weeden had a rough outing. It began with the pick-six he threw on the game’s fourth play. Weeden also struggled in the second half. He does deserve some credit for fighting his way back from the interception-turned-touchdown. And Weeden did make a nice throw on his touchdown to Jordan Cameron, who ran an excellent route to get open.

>>Major props for the Browns’ special teams. This bunch did an excellent job in coverage. Phil Dawson was money on a pair of field-goal attempts. And Reggie Hodges had an outstanding day of punting.

>>Trent Richardson had a solid day with 85 rushing yards on 29 carries. It was a bit unrealistic to expect the Browns to dominate on the ground against the top-ranked defense in the NFL and the fourth-rated unit vs. the run. But the important part of what the Browns did was stay persistent with their running game.

>>The Browns had far too many holding penalties. This team had to learn its lesson from last week’s 12-penalty game against the Cowboys. A week ago, 10 of the infractions were on defense and two were on special teams. But the Browns need to be more mindful of not damaging their cause with self-inflicted wounds. That’s a lesson to take forward, even in the euphoria of the biggest win this franchise has had since the last time they beat the Steelers, in 2009.

>>Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, for Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford on ESPN 850 WKNR or catch the live stream right here on ClevelandBrowns.com.

>>Have a question for “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford”? Ask me at Twitter.com/viccarucci or by e-mail at daily@clevelandbrowns.com or by calling 855-363-2459.


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Game Recap: Browns 20, Steelers 14

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 25, 2012 – 9:21 pm

The Cleveland Browns forced eight turnovers and rode the momentum of those defensive plays to a 20-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Browns improved to 3-8, with a 2-3 mark in the AFC North Division. The Steelers fell to 6-5 after the loss.

Courtesy of a third-quarter touchdown run from Trent Richardson, the Browns took a 20-14 lead over the Steelers into the fourth quarter of play.

The Browns took their second lead over the Steelers when Richardson rushed for a 15-yard touchdown at the 5:19 mark of the third quarter. The touchdown was Richardson’s sixth rushing score of the season. His run finished a three-play, 31-yard drive that was set up by a Pittsburgh turnover.

On their second possession of the third quarter, the Steelers faced a third-and-six from their own 19-yard line. Quarterback Charlie Batch dropped back to pass to veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress when defensive back Sheldon Brown jumped the route and collected the interception, the Browns’ fourth forced turnover of the game.

A late touchdown run put the Steelers in front of the Browns, 14-13, at halftime.

Running back Chris Rainey scored on a one-yard touchdown run and put the Pittsburgh Steelers back in front of the Browns, 14-13, with one second remaining in the first half. Rainey’s touchdown finished off a nine-play, 84-yard drive.

Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden on a third-and-goal play and put the Browns in front of the Steelers, 10-7, with 12:20 left to play in the first half.

The Browns’ touchdown was the first given up by the Steelers in their opponents’ last 29 offensive possessions.

The defense set up the Browns with a first-and-goal when it forced the Steelers’ second turnover of the game.

On third-and-19 from their five-yard line, the Steelers called for running back Isaac Redman to run the ball, but he was stopped at the line of scrimmage and stripped of the football by Browns defensive end Juqua Parker. Defensive back Buster Skrine came up with the fumble recovery, his first of the season.

On the strength of a defensive score, the Steelers held 7-3 lead over the Browns in Sunday’s AFC North Division game.

Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons returned a Weeden interception 53 yards for a touchdown, which gave the Steelers a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 13:49 remaining in the first quarter.

Timmons caught the ball after defensive lineman Brett Keisel batted it at the line of scrimmage. The third-down pass was intended for wide receiver Greg Little on a drag route over the middle of the field.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 28-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within three points of the Steelers, 7-3, with 8:25 left in the first quarter.

The drive, which lasted seven plays and travelled 33 yards, was set up by the Browns defense.

After the team punted to the Steelers following its second possession, Cleveland defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin forced the football loose from running back Rashard Mendenhall and defensive back Usama Young recovered at Pittsburgh’s 44-yard line. An official review of the play upheld the call on the field.

Game Recap is presented by Giant Eagle, the Official Supermarket of the Cleveland Browns.


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Browns lead after three quarters

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 25, 2012 – 8:23 pm

CLEVELAND — Courtesy of a third-quarter touchdown run from Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns took a 20-14 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers into the fourth quarter of play at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Browns took their second lead over the Steelers when Richardson rushed for a 15-yard touchdown at the 5:19 mark of the third quarter. The touchdown was Richardson’s sixth rushing score of the season. His run finished a three-play, 31-yard drive that was set up by a Pittsburgh turnover.

On their second possession of the third quarter, the Steelers faced a third-and-six from their own 19-yard line. Quarterback Charlie Batch dropped back to pass to veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress when defensive back Sheldon Brown jumped the route and collected the interception, the Browns’ fourth forced turnover of the game.

A late touchdown run put the Steelers in front of the Browns, 14-13, at halftime.

Running back Chris Rainey scored on a one-yard touchdown run and put the Pittsburgh Steelers back in front of the Browns, 14-13, with one second remaining in the first half. Rainey’s touchdown finished off a nine-play, 84-yard drive.

Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden on a third-and-goal play and put the Browns in front of the Steelers, 10-7, with 12:20 left to play in the first half.

The Browns’ touchdown was the first given up by the Steelers in their opponents’ last 29 offensive possessions.

The defense set up the Browns with a first-and-goal when it forced the Steelers’ second turnover of the game.

On third-and-19 from their five-yard line, the Steelers called for running back Isaac Redman to run the ball, but he was stopped at the line of scrimmage and stripped of the football by Browns defensive end Juqua Parker. Defensive back Buster Skrine came up with the fumble recovery, his first of the season.

On the strength of a defensive score, the Steelers held 7-3 lead over the Browns in Sunday’s AFC North Division game.

Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons returned a Weeden interception 53 yards for a touchdown, which gave the Steelers a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 13:49 remaining in the first quarter.

Timmons caught the ball after defensive lineman Brett Keisel batted it at the line of scrimmage. The third-down pass was intended for wide receiver Greg Little on a drag route over the middle of the field.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 28-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within three points of the Steelers, 7-3, with 8:25 left in the first quarter.

The drive, which lasted seven plays and travelled 33 yards, was set up by the Browns defense.

After the team punted to the Steelers following its second possession, Cleveland defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin forced the football loose from running back Rashard Mendenhall and defensive back Usama Young recovered at Pittsburgh’s 44-yard line. An official review of the play upheld the call on the field.


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Richardson runs for TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 25, 2012 – 8:11 pm

The Cleveland Browns took their second lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-14, when running back Trent Richardson rushed for a 15-yard touchdown at the 5:19 mark of the third quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Richardson now has six rushing touchdowns on the season. His run finished a three-play, 31-yard drive that was set up by a Pittsburgh turnover.

On their second possession of the third quarter, the Steelers faced a third-and-six from their own 19-yard line. Quarterback Charlie Batch dropped back to pass to veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress when defensive back Sheldon Brown jumped the route and collected the interception, the Browns’ fourth forced turnover of the game.


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Steelers lead at halftime

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 25, 2012 – 7:33 pm

A late touchdown run put the Pittsburgh Steelers in front of the Cleveland Browns, 14-13, at halftime of Sunday’s game from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Running back Chris Rainey scored on a one-yard touchdown run and put the Pittsburgh Steelers back in front of the Browns, 14-13, with one second remaining in the first half. Rainey’s touchdown finished off a nine-play, 84-yard drive.

Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden on a third-and-goal play and put the Browns in front of the Steelers, 10-7, with 12:20 left to play in the first half.

The Browns’ touchdown was the first given up by the Steelers in their opponents’ last 29 offensive possessions.

The defense set up the Browns with a first-and-goal when it forced the Steelers’ second turnover of the game.

On third-and-19 from their five-yard line, the Steelers called for running back Isaac Redman to run the ball, but he was stopped at the line of scrimmage and stripped of the football by Browns defensive end Juqua Parker. Defensive back Buster Skrine came up with the fumble recovery, his first of the season.

On the strength of a defensive score, the Steelers held 7-3 lead over the Browns in Sunday’s AFC North Division game.

Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons returned a Weeden interception 53 yards for a touchdown, which gave the Steelers a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 13:49 remaining in the first quarter.

Timmons caught the ball after defensive lineman Brett Keisel batted it at the line of scrimmage. The third-down pass was intended for wide receiver Greg Little on a drag route over the middle of the field.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 28-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within three points of the Steelers, 7-3, with 8:25 left in the first quarter.

The drive, which lasted seven plays and travelled 33 yards, was set up by the Browns defense.

After the team punted to the Steelers following its second possession, Cleveland defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin forced the football loose from running back Rashard Mendenhall and defensive back Usama Young recovered at Pittsburgh’s 44-yard line. An official review of the play upheld the call on the field.


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First-half thoughts from Browns-Steelers

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 25, 2012 – 7:32 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

What I liked…

>>Not getting rattled after Brandon Weeden threw a pick-six on the game’s fourth play from scrimmage.

>>Part of the way the Browns demonstrated they weren’t rattled was forcing a pair of fumbles that resulted in 10 points.

>>Weeden’s excellent throw and Jordan Cameron’s superb catch for the touchdown after the Steelers’ second fumble.

>>Usama Young’s impressive first half. The safety recovered a fumble and his blitz forced Charlie Batch into an incompletion.

>>The Browns’ stuffing the run and forcing the Steelers to lean more heavily than they would prefer on Batch’s 37-year-old passing arm.

What I didn’t like …

>>Giving up a touchdown in the final second of the half after a pass-interference penalty on Sheldon Brown put the Steelers in position for a Chris Rainey one-yard touchdown run that he amazingly bounced outside after being stuffed and knocked back up the middle.

>>Not getting touchdowns after both Steeler turnovers.

>>Not getting points out of the Steelers’ third fumble.

>>Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, for Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford on ESPN 850 WKNR or catch the live stream right here on ClevelandBrowns.com.

>>Have a question for “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford”? Ask me at Twitter.com/viccarucci


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Rainey puts Steelers in front

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 25, 2012 – 7:30 pm

Running back Chris Rainey scored on a one-yard touchdown run and put the Pittsburgh Steelers back in front of the Cleveland Browns, 14-13, with one second remaining in the first half of play at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Rainey’s touchdown finished off a nine-play, 84-yard drive.


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Dawson converts 32-yarder

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 25, 2012 – 7:11 pm

CLEVELAND — Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 32-yard field goal and extended the Browns’ lead to 13-7 over the Pittsburgh Steelers with 3:26 remaining in the first half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Dawson’s kick was his second of the day and helped him tie his own team record with 27 straight field goals made. He capped off a 10-play, 44-yard drive with the made kick.


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Cameron catches TD pass

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 25, 2012 – 6:56 pm

CLEVELAND — Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden on a third-and-goal play and put the Browns in front of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-7, with 12:20 remaining in the first half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Browns’ touchdown was the first given up by the Steelers in their opponents’ last 29 offensive possessions.

The defense set up the Browns with a first-and-goal when it forced the Steelers’ second turnover of the game.

On third-and-19 from their five-yard line, the Steelers called for running back Isaac Redman to run the ball, but he was stopped at the line of scrimmage and stripped of the football by Browns defensive end Juqua Parker. Defensive back Buster Skrine came up with the fumble recovery, his first of the season.


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Steelers lead after first quarter

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 25, 2012 – 6:45 pm

CLEVELAND — On the strength of a score on defense, the Pittsburgh Steelers held 7-3 lead over the Cleveland Browns in Sunday’s AFC North Division game at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons returned a Brandon Weeden interception 53 yards for a touchdown, which gave the Steelers a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 13:49 remaining in the first quarter.

Timmons caught the ball after defensive lineman Brett Keisel batted it at the line of scrimmage. The third-down pass was intended for wide receiver Greg Little on a drag route over the middle of the field.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 28-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within three points of the Steelers, 7-3, with 8:25 left in the first quarter.

The drive, which lasted seven plays and travelled 33 yards, was set up by the Browns defense.

After the team punted to the Steelers following its second possession, Cleveland defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin forced the football loose from running back Rashard Mendenhall and defensive back Usama Young recovered at Pittsburgh’s 44-yard line. An official review of the play upheld the call on the field.


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