A shootout has broken out in Cleveland. While many were expecting a defensive battle between two old division rivals, the Steelers and Browns combined to score on four consecutive drives in the first half. The Steelers, after falling behind early, rallied to take a 14-13 lead into intermission.
After slow starts on both sides of the ball, the Browns, spearheaded by a 37-yard run by Nick Chubb, struck first on Jacoby Brissett’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper. The Steelers responded with Najee Harris’ 5-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter. A balletic, one-handed catch by rookie George Pickens set up Harris’ touchdown.
Cleveland countered with David Njoku’s touchdown catch from Brissett with 8:58 left until halftime. The Steelers took their first lead moments later when Mitch Trubisky scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Cleveland was unable to regain the lead before halftime after throwing an incomplete fourth-down pass on the final drive before intermission.
Heavy winds affected both kickers during the first half. Chris Boswell missed a 53-yard attempt on Pittsburgh’s second drive. Browns rookie kicker Cade York missed a PAT, which is the difference in the game at this point.
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How to watch
Date: Thursday, Sept. 22 | Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland)
Stream: Amazon Prime Video
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Browns -4.5, O/U 38