The Pittsburgh Steelers swept the season collection in opposition to the division rival Cleveland Browns final 12 months. Cleveland received revenge at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday night time.
After trailing 14-13 at halftime, Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett managed Cleveland’s offense led by working again Nick Chubb and vast receiver Amari Cooper to 16 second-half factors to carry the Browns to a 29-17 win.
Myles Garrett and the Browns protection held Pittsburgh to only three factors within the second half to present the Steelers their second straight loss.
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Here are the winners and losers from Thursday night time’s AFC North contest:
Chubb went into Thursday’s recreation ranked No. 2 within the NFL in dashing with 228 yards on the bottom. He churned out one other stable efficiency within the backfield. The Browns working again was robust in between the tackles all night time. He tallied 23 carries, 113 yards and a landing within the win.
Amari Cooper and David Njoku
Brissett is constructing good chemistry with the vast receiver and tight finish. Cooper and Njoku mixed for 16 catches, 190 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers had a tough time overlaying Cooper and Njoku for many of the night time. Brissett focused the pair 21 instances.
Rookie George Pickens
The Steelers rookie vast receiver had a miraculous one-handed catch within the first quarter that put Pittsburgh in place to attain his first landing of the sport.
Pickens’ 36-yard spectacular seize on Browns cornerback Martin Emerson Jr. was paying homage to Odell Beckham Jr.’s well-known catch in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys in 2014.
The 2022 second-round pick of Georgia already produced the catch of Week 3 and it is an early catch of the 12 months candidate.
“Thursday Night Football” on Amazon Prime is already “exceeding expectations.” Last week’s Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs primetime tilt averaged 15.3 million viewers throughout all platforms, in line with Nielsen and Amazon’s first occasion measurement. Week 3’s Thursday night time recreation did not have the star energy of the Chargers-Chiefs recreation, however the AFC North battle was aggressive and entertaining.
Pittsburgh run blocking
The Steelers’ run blocking was subpar for the third week in a row.
Najee Harris hastened for 56 yards on 15 carries. He averaged simply 3.7 yards an try.
The second-year working again’s 56 dashing yards is surprisingly his season excessive, which speaks to how unhealthy Pittsburgh’s dashing offense has been to begin the 12 months.
Last season, Harris broke Franco Harris’ Steelers franchise document for many dashing yards by a rookie in a single season. He’s been unable to get issues going this 12 months behind a leaky offensive line.
Steelers third-down effectivity
The Steelers have been horrible on third downs on Thursday night time. The group was 1 for 9 on third downs within the loss.
Honorable point out: Dallas Cowboys
Wide receiver Noah Brown leads the Cowboys with 10 catches and 159 receiving yards getting into Week 3. Cooper, the Cowboys’ former No. 1 wideout, had 7 catches, 101 yards and a landing in Thursday’s recreation alone. The Cowboys might use Cooper’s route working and playmaking skill. It was on full show in Week 3.
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