Game in review
Offense: The Browns did nothing spectacular on offense and converted only 3-of-19 third downs. On the bright side, quarterback Brandon Weeden’s interception that Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons returned 53 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter was the Browns’ lone turnover against the NFL’s top-ranked defense. Weeden bounced back with a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron, and running back Trent Richardson had a 15-yard touchdown run. Still, there were a ton of missed opportunities. Thumbs down.
Defense: The Browns compiled eight takeaways — five fumble recoveries and three interceptions — against Steelers third-string quarterback Charlie Batch and Co. They also held the Steelers to 1-of-9 on first downs. The Browns scored 17 points off turnovers. Thumbs up.
Special teams: Five of Reggie Hodges’ 10 punts were downed inside the Steelers’ 20-yard line, including the final one that pinned the Steelers at their own 3 with 19 seconds left. Phil Dawson extended his streak of consecutive field goals made to 27 with successful attempts of 28 and 32 yards. Thumbs up.
Coaching: It was ugly, but the Browns found a way to finish. The coaches, specifically defensive coordinator Dick Jauron, deserve some credit for the outcome. Thumbs up.