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Pittsburgh can’t capitalize on the INT
And as quickly as the Steelers took the ball away, they will give it right back. Pittsburgh goes three-and-out and punts, its seventh of the day on nine possessions. Making matters worse, Pressley Harvin III shanked the punt only 20 yards before it went out of bounds, setting up the Browns at the Steelers’ 45.
Steelers snag the first turnover of the game
We’ve had a defensive struggle so far, but we didn’t have a turnover, until now. Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s throw went off the hands of Amari Cooper and was caught by a diving Chandon Sullivan for the interception. It’s the Steelers’ 19th takeaway this season, which leads the NFL. Cleveland was on the outskirts of field goal range, but Pittsburgh takes over at its own 23.
A gritty first down for Kenny Pickett
Mike Tomlin rolled the dice on fourth-and-1 from his own 29-yard-line, and Kenny Pickett strained just enough on a QB sneak — despite his helmet coming off — to pick up the first down, which stood despite a challenge from the Browns. Pickett appeared to get something in his eye and remained down for a moment before coming to the sideline and getting eyedrops from a trainer. Mitch Trubisky came onto the field, but with the review delaying the next play, Pickett had time to return without missing a snap.
Another blow to the Steelers’ secondary
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DB Elijah Riley suffered an ankle injury and has been ruled out. Riley is the extra DB in dime and some nickel situations.
Big plays have carried Steelers’ offense vs. Browns
How have the Steelers gained yardage against the Browns this season? Two huge plays.
Midway through the teams’ second meeting of the season, the Steelers have gained 394 total yards against the Browns. An incredible 145 of those (36.8 percent) have come on only two plays: a 71-yard touchdown reception by George Pickens in Week 2 and Jaylen Warren’s 74-yard touchdown run to open the second half today. The Browns’ defense has allowed only one other play longer than 70 yards this season.
Jaylen Warren league leading rusher since Week 9
Jaylen Warren’s 74-yard touchdown brings the Steelers back to within a 10-7 score, but it also vaults him to the league lead in rushing yards since Week 9. Warren now has 282 rushing yards in that span, a pace that currently places him ahead of Texans RB Devin Singletary (260 yards) for first place in the league.
Jaylen Warren breaks loose to put Pittsburgh on the board
The Steelers had just 64 yards in the first half against the Browns. They just eclipsed that in one play on the second snap after halftime, as Jaylen Warren broke loose down the right sideline for a 74-yard touchdown run. Rookie right tackle Broderick Jones, whose ascension into the starting lineup three weeks ago has given the running game new life, led the way with a big block in space. The extra point was good despite being tipped, and it’s 10-7, Browns.
First half fantasy scoring review of Steelers-Browns
Fantasy scoring has been at a minimum in today’s Steelers-Browns contest.
Browns RB Jerome Ford leads the way with 12.3 PPR points. David Njoku has also posted a solid 7.4 PPR points, but that’s been about it for Cleveland, as Amari Cooper and Elijah Moore both have only 5.6 PPR points, and Kareem Hunt has generated only 1.0 PPR points.
The Steelers have zero players with solid fantasy point totals. George Pickens is the top scorer, but he has only 3.9 PPR points. Jaylen Warren has posted 2.9 PPR points, and Najee Harris has racked up only 2.3 PPR points. Even Diontae Johnson, who had 61.4 PPR points over a three-game span in Weeks 7-9, has fallen well short, as he has yet to tally a single PPR point following his 2.7-PPR point dud in Week 10.
Browns defense locks down Steelers in first half
The Browns’ top-ranked defense limited the Steelers to 64 yards of total offense in the first half, allowing only 2.9 yards per play. Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett has completed just 5 of 8 passes for 34 yards.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson looks steady
Dorian Thompson-Robinson leads a 17-play, 77-yard drive before the half, resulting in a 25-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins to give Cleveland a 10-0 lead. The rookie QB is 13-of-19 for 98 yards thus far. And, most importantly for the Browns, no turnovers.
A rough first half for Pittsburgh
The Steelers’ offense struggled mightily in the first meeting with the Browns, but Pittsburgh won on the strength of two defensive touchdowns. Of course, that’s not the most sustainable approach. Today, the Steelers have just 65 yards on 21 plays (3.1 yards per play) in the first half, punting on all four of their possessions. It’s 10-0 Cleveland, and Pittsburgh is probably lucky it’s not worse.
Browns getting after Kenny Pickett
That’s two early sacks for the Browns defense today.
Cleveland is now tied for fourth in the NFL with 31 total sacks, but the unit leads the league in sack rate, taking down passers on an NFL-high 11.3 percent of dropbacks this season.
Steelers getting off the field
The Steelers have forced back-to-back three-and-outs since the Browns took their 7-0 lead.
Getting off the field quickly has not been a strength of the Pittsburgh defense as it entered the day ranked 29th in the NFL in three-and-out rate (27.5 percent), per TruMedia.
Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren fantasy scoring woes
The Steelers-Browns game is nearly halfway through the second quarter, yet Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren have yet to do much of anything in the fantasy scoring department. Harris has scored only 1.4 PPR points, while Warren weighs in with only 2.9 PPR points. This is a tough matchup, but fantasy managers still had solid expectations for this duo and will need a turnaround in order to get it.
Browns LB Anthony Walker Jr. suffers hamstring injury
Browns LB Anthony Walker Jr. is questionable to return with a hamstring injury. Walker, the defensive signal-caller, has started all 10 games this season and entered the day fourth on the team with 36 tackles.
Steelers’ productive ground game hasn’t translated to points yet
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The Steelers’ offense has opened the game with three consecutive punts, more reminiscent of the offense we saw for most of the season before Pittsburgh found a groove on the ground in recent weeks. The Steelers have run the ball well so far, with Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris combining for six carries for 33 yards, but it hasn’t translated to points yet.
Myles Garrett in injury tent
Myles Garrett is in the injury tent as the teams switch ends to begin the second quarter. No announcement yet.
Challenge by coach Kevin Stefanski gives Browns early lead
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was a second late with the challenge flag after what he thought was a safety on the Steelers’ first play, so on the next challenge situation, he didn’t wait. Touchdown, Jerome Ford. 7-0, Browns.
There’s at least some chance that any lead is an insurmountable lead, so that was a good challenge even if it would have been denied.
Seventh game with 10+ PPR points for Browns RB Jerome Ford
With a touchdown on the play that was overturned on review, Cleveland running back Jerome Ford now has 11.6 PPR points. Ford was a non-entity in fantasy drafts due to being a little-known backup, but he has now scored 10+ PPR points on seven occasions this season.
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