Four days after their gut-wrenching loss, the Browns return to the field on “Thursday Night Football” with a home win over their longtime rivals. Aided by Nick Chubb and a strong second half on defense, the Browns posted a 29-17 victory to go 2-1 on the season. Fresh off a Week 2 loss, Pittsburgh falls to 1-2.

Trailing 14-13 at halftime, the Browns took control of the game with their first two field goal attempts of the second half. The offense was led by Chubb, who finished the night with 113 yards on 23 carries. Cleveland also got a big night from Amari Cooper, who had a 32-yard catch on a third-and-1 play. The Browns put an exclamation point on the victory with Denzel Ward’s defensive touchdown on the final play of the game.

After a slow start on both sides of the ball, the Browns — led by a 37-yard run by Chubb — started first with Jacoby Brissett’s 11-yard touchdown to Cooper, who finished the night with 101 yards on seven carries. The Steelers responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by Naje Harris to start the second quarter. balletic, Holding one hand By rookie George Pickins, he set up Harris’ touchdown.

Cleveland blocked a shot from Brissett by David Njoku with 8:58 left. The Steelers took their first lead when Mitch Trubisky scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Pittsburgh’s offense started the second half with another promising streak, and finally sputtered after clearing midfield. After not much action in the second half, Pittsburgh rallied late to make it a six-point game with 1:46 left. Then, a free kick on the field allowed the Browns to run the clock down to nine seconds.

A strong wind affected both balls in the first half. Boswell missed a 53-yard attempt on Pittsburgh’s second drive. Browns starting kicker Cade York missed a punt but hit a field goal attempt late in the 34th quarter to give Cleveland the lead.

Why did the Steelers disappear?

Entering tonight, Trubisky hadn’t had a game with over 200 yards passing, but he did it tonight with a stat line of 20-for-32 for 211 yards and no touchdowns.

Trubisky hasn’t shown enough this season, with some questioning whether he should be benched for rookie QB Kenny Pickett.

On offense, Deonte Johnson was the player of the night with six receptions for 63 yards and a fumble recovery, but he had some key drops. The Steelers offense clearly has a lot to work on.

The defense couldn’t keep up with Chubb, one of the best running backs in the NFL, who recorded another 100-yard game in his career.

The defense misses TJ Watt and they are historically winless without him. They are now 0-6 when Watt is sidelined.

Why did the browns win?

The Browns faced defeat and fought all three stages of the game to come back, in a game where everyone had a helping hand to win.

Brissett looked confident and composed and was able to use his rushing ability in short-yardage situations when needed.

Speaking of the running game, let’s talk about Chubb. Chubb absolutely shredded the Steelers defense, posting 23 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown. Since 2018, he has 24 100-yard games, the most in the league during that span.

Cooper, who had a rhythm with Brissett and finished the game with 101 yards and seven touchdowns, impressed me.

It was the defense that kept the Steelers off the field and forced a back three-and-out late in the game. The Steelers couldn’t recover from those two stops, which brings us to our turning point in the game.

(And a touch of waste-time protection is harmless.)

Turning point

Late in the third quarter, a 35-yard pass from Trubisky to Jaylen Warren was called back due to a penalty on Chukwama Okorafor. That drive soon led to the Steelers and the Browns responded with a field goal on their next drive.

The Steelers couldn’t do anything about getting the ball back, going three and out.

The Browns responded again, this time using 6:35 to go 11 plays for 80 yards to make it 23-14. Several players were able to make an impact on the scoring drive, and the Browns seemed to be in complete control of the game and Brissett seemed to be in complete control of the offense.

Chubb had his share of rushes, including a 16-yarder that passed for over a hundred yards on the ground on this drive. Cooper made a big splash in Steelers territory with a 32-yard pass. It was Chubb who punched in for a yard on fourth-and-1.

Worse for the Steelers, they responded with another three-and-out, making it two in a row.

The game of the game

The Steelers didn’t get the win, but they did get the next best thing, which is featured in our “Play of the Game” segment.

Wide receiver George Pickins proved at one point why he is the talk of Steelers training camp. In the first quarter of Pickins developed a one-handed catch that seemed to defy gravity.

Picks possession went up on a second-and-3 play, Trubisky threw one down the right sideline. The 36-yard catch put the Steelers in the red zone and set up a touchdown. Najee Harris.

What’s next?

The Browns head to Atlanta next week to face the Falcons, who are 0-2 heading into Week 3. The Falcons’ two losses were both close, coming off a defensive Super Bowl loss to the Saints 27-26 and 31-27. Champion Rams.

The Steelers host the Jets in Week 4. The Jets’ offense has been led by quarterback Joe Flacco so far, while Zach Wilson is still sidelined with a hamstring injury and a meniscus tear. Wilson is expected to miss two to four weeks and won’t return for Week 3. Through two weeks, Flacco is third with 616 yards passing, behind Dolphins tight end Tua Tagovailo (739) and quarterback Carson Wentz (650).

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