First-half thoughts from Browns-Steelers

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 30, 2012 – 7:30 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

PITTSBURGH – Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Steelers at Heinz Field:

What I liked…

>>The Browns’ overall effort. They truly came to play rather than go through the motions in the final game of the season.

>>Thaddeus Lewis’ performance in his first NFL start. Lewis entered the game at a distinct disadvantage, going from practice squad to starter in a matter of days earlier in the week. He has shown excellent poise and made some good throws. He also has been off-target at other times, but that’s to be expected given that he has had almost no time to develop timing with his receivers.

>>The Browns’ defensive front. It has been fairly stout and physical, keeping the Steelers’ running game in check. In general, the Browns’ defense has held its own.

>>Phil Dawson adding more history to his historic career. His 51-yard field goal in the second quarter put him in a three-way tie with Billy Cundiff (Baltimore) and Nick Novak (San Diego) for the second-longest field goal at Heinz Field. It was a nice rebound from the 39-yarder he missed earlier in the second quarter.

What I didn’t like …

>>The Browns giving up a touchdown right before halftime. They had decent control of the momentum at that point, and began letting it slip away. They need a fast start to the second half.

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