Week 6 – Pittsburgh @ Cleveland: Well, that escalated quickly!

Ron Burgundy famously said in Anchorman, “well, that escalated quickly!” and that was exactly my thought as I watched the Browns’ 31-10 win over the Steelers.

Playing terribly in the first quarter, the Browns didn’t look like a team that would score 21 unanswered points to lead 21-3 at half time, but they did that and, then cruised to a crushing victory over the Steelers.

Despite losing center Alex Mack to an awful leg injury, the Browns controlled the game from the second quarter. The Browns continue to grow as a team under Coach Pettine – this was never more evident than when every Browns player ran up to wish Mack well as he was taken off on a medi-cab.

The Steelers were outplayed in every way and it was noticeable that the Browns “no huddle” offense troubled the Steelers defense, with their secondary exposed time and time again.

As I said last week, I like what the Browns are doing under Pettine and, in Brian Hoyer they have a composed and mature QB who has now led both game winning drives (Titans and Saints) and dominant “from the front” wins.

Coach Pettine wanted to build a competitive and mentally tough NFL team. He has done that, as the Browns two losses were by a combined total of five points. They could so easily be 5-0 this season.

As for the Steelers, well Coach Tomlin might well feel like he is trapped in a glass case of emotion, as he wonders what to do get some consistency in their play. Injuries to the defense haven’t helped him, but they still have an offense that should be able to score more than 10 points.

As a new fan of the Browns, like this group of Browns’ players, I am slowly beginning to understand what it means to “play like a Brown.”

Oct 12
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland OH (67,431)

Pittsburgh 3 0 0 7 – 10
Cleveland 0 21 3 7 – 31

Passing: Brian Hoyer (CLE), 217 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Le’Veon Bell (PIT), 22 car, 124 yds
Receiving: Antonio Brown (PIT) 7 rec, 118 yds
Pigskin Almanac “Dawg Pound” award: Ben Tate (CLE)

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