The Browns looked awful Sunday, falling 34-7 to their rivals the Steelers in the opener at Browns Stadium. Their first series was an indication of how the day would go, as they ran for two yards on first down, dropped a pass on second down, were sacked on third down, then fumbled the punt on fourth down, setting the Steelers up at the Browns 22-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers down to the Browns five, and on third-and-goal found Hines Ward for a TD in the back of the end zone and a 7-0 lead.
Things didn’t get better from there, as the Steelers took advantage of a Charlie Frye interception to go up 10-0, and then a Jamal Lewis fumble to lead 17-0 after a Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes 40-yard TD. The Browns made a QB switch in the second quarter, going with Derek Anderson, but he was only able to get the Browns in the end zone once, and ended the day 13-of-28 for 184 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The Browns hurt themselves with five turnovers and allowed six sacks. The Steelers beat the Browns for the eighth straight time and for the 14th time in the past 15 meetings. Many questions, first and foremost as to who the QB will be Sunday, will have to be answered for Cleveland. They host the Bengals on Sunday at Browns Stadium.
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