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They didn't do anything wrong—Cleveland didn't score in the quarter and Pittsburgh's defense did a lot to stop them from moving.
In the end, it didn't matter how good they were. The offense consistently set them up to fail and they were only going to be able to do so much.
Hats off for the defense performing well without Lamar Woodley, but they weren't going to stop Cleveland inside the 20 every time.
Overall, Cleveland's offense was stopped pretty well in the third quarter. They scored because Charlie Batch threw a pick in Pittsburgh territory.
Still, the lower grade comes from the fact that Richardson is starting to find some momentum. Plus, Cleveland's drive at the end of the quarter was stalled because of penalties, not because of good defensive play.
Hard to believe that the top-ranked NFL defense is being beaten by one of the league's statistically worst offenses.
With the offense doing so poorly thus far, you'd hope the defense could shut down the young Cleveland offense. They did in the first quarter.
The second quarter was a completely different story. Cleveland put up 10 points, Brandon Weeden started out completing five consecutive passes, and receivers were consistently wide open. The good news is that they're doing well shutting down Trent Richardson.
Despite all this, you can't blame the defense when the running backs keep fumbling deep in Pittsburgh's territory.
Only an A- because they allowed Cleveland to get points on the board. However, you can't argue with a solid defensive score.
The defense has stifled Brandon Weeden right now, as he's struggling to find the holes where he can thread the ball. Lawrence Timmons made the early noise, scoring on a 53-yard interception return.