The Browns are now 1-5 on the season.
Ben Roethlisberger made his return for the Steelers, and went 6-for-27 for 257 yards with three TD’s. He had a pick on the teams first possession, which rookie Joe Haden took back 63 yards. It set up a Phil Dawson field goal from 39 yards out to give the Browns a 3-0 lead.
Roethlisberger did what he always seems to do, escape pressure and make plays downfield, as he avoided an oncoming rush to hit Mike Wallace with a 29-yard score to give the Steelers a 7-3 lead.
It was like that at half, as the other highlight of the first half was the Steelers D lowering the boom on a couple Browns starters, both coming from former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison.
First he laid out Josh Cribbs in the second quarter. Cribbs left with a head injury and didn’t come back. Then later on Harrison nailed Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi, knocking him out as well.
The Steelers defense did their part against Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy, as other than a late TD with the Steelers up 21-3, they held the former Texas QB in check. McCoy was 23-for-33 for 281 with a TD and two picks.
The Steelers took control of the game after leading 7-3 at the half with a big 5-play, 96-yard drive in the third quarter that saw Roethlisberger hit a pass play in first down to Wallace, and then hit TE Heath Miller for a 36-yard gain. The touchdown went to Hines Ward from 8 yards out to make it 14-3.
After a botched Browns punt from Chansi Stuckey in the fourth quarter that gave the Steelers the ball at the Browns 8, R they put it away for good with a Rashard Mendenhall two-yard run to make it 21-3 with 5:50 left.
The Browns scored a late TD when McCoy put a drive together and found TE Ben Watson with a 12-yard score to make it 21-10 with 4:09 left. The Steelers got their final score after a Lawrence Timmons pick, and Roethlisberger found Miller for a 14-yard score to wrap up the scoring at 28-10.
Overall the Steelers D covered for a somewhat sloppy outing early by the offense, but the team did what they had to do and got the job done against a clearly overmatched Browns club.
Peyton Hillis had 41 yards on 12 carries, and Watson had 6 grabs for 88 yards with the teams only TD. The Browns will look to get some players back as they head to play the New Orleans Saints next Sunday on the road.
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