CLEVELAND — Jacoby Brissett threw two landing passes, Nick Chubb ran for a rating and the Cleveland Browns bounced again from their epic meltdown 4 days earlier to beat the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday night time.
The Browns (2-1) constructed a nine-point lead early within the fourth on Chubb’s 1-yard run after which held on for pricey life.
The Steelers (1-2) pulled inside 23-17 on Chris Boswell’s 34-yard discipline purpose with 1:48 left earlier than Pittsburgh tried an onside kick. However in contrast to in Sunday’s 31-30 loss, when the New York Jets overcame a 13-point deficit within the closing 1:55 helped by a restoration, the Browns batted the ball out of bounds.
Cleveland followers may lastly exhale when cornerback Denzel Ward fell on a Steelers fumble ultimately zone on the ultimate play for a meaningless landing.
Brissett related with Amari Cooper and David Njoku for TDs, and completed 21 of 31 for 220 yards. The 29-year-old had his second straight stable sport as he fills in whereas Deshaun Watson serves an 11-game suspension.
Chubb had 113 yards and pushed and twisted throughout the purpose line on fourth-and-goal with 9:29 left to place the Browns forward 23-14.
Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers’ stagnant offense confirmed indicators of life within the first half, however slowed down after halftime, punting on their first three possessions whereas gaining simply 54 yards.
Criticized for not throwing deep the primary two weeks, Trubisky launched a number of lengthy balls however didn’t join practically sufficient.
The win smoothed over a tough few days for Cleveland.
Sunday’s debacle was adopted by Myles Garrett criticizing followers for booing the Browns as they left the sphere, and a fan was arrested on expenses he threw a plastic bottle within the path of proprietor Jimmy Haslam on the sideline.
However there was little drama this time, only a win over their hated neighbors from Pennsylvania.
Rookie Cade York’s 34-yard discipline purpose gave the Browns a 16-14 lead within the third quarter, when Cleveland misplaced 4 gamers, together with beginning linebackers Anthony Walker Jr. and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, to accidents.
Brissett’s 7-yard TD go to Njoku put the Browns up 13-7 with 8:58 left earlier than halftime. However for the second straight week York missed an additional level.
Trubisky led the Steelers on a 75-yard scoring drive — 51 yards approaching the bottom — earlier than the QB rolled proper and scored from the 1. Boswell’s PAT put Pittsburgh forward 14-13.
Steelers rookie receiver George Pickens expressed frustration about not getting the ball throughout a loss to New England final week, saying he was open “90% of the time.” He wasn’t joking, both.
Trubisky lastly hit him with an extended ball, however it took a spectacular, one-handed catch by Pickens for a 36-yard achieve.