It wasn’t a pretty game, but for Browns fans, beating the archrival Pittsburgh Steelers was a thing of beauty.
The Browns forced eight turnovers in the game, and held the Steelers to just 231 total yards. Only 49 of those yards came from Steelers running backs—a unit which combined for four lost fumbles.
Cleveland’s offense didn’t exactly play a great game, but it did just enough to protect the football and eat up clock. The Browns turned over the ball just once, which came in the form of a pick-six to Lawrence Timmons on their first drive.
Trent Richardson paced the offense for the Browns. He carried the rock 29 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers stifled Richardson for most of the game, but he managed to churn out enough yardage to make fantasy owners happy.
The Steelers, on the other hand, did nothing for fantasy owners. No Pittsburgh running back topped 20 yards in the contest, though Chris Rainey did scamper into the end zone for Pittsburgh’s only offensive touchdown. Charlie Batch finished the game 19-for-33 for 188 yards and three interceptions.
Brandon Weeden left the game in the fourth quarter after being sacked. Early indications point to a possible concussion, but no official comments have been made at this time. Should Weeden miss any time, Colt McCoy should take over for the rookie signal-caller.
The Browns improve to 3-8 on the season and take on the Raiders next week in Oakland. Pittsburgh falls to 6-5. They will travel to Baltimore in Week 13, and could be without Ben Roethlisberger again.