In today’s parity driven NFL, where a team can rise up to make the playoffs a year after a last place finish, how can one team be so dominant over another? 12 straight times and 18 out of 19, the Cleveland Browns have failed to beat the Pittsburg Steelers. The once heated rivalry has become so lopsided, I’m amazed the Steelers can mentally get up for the Browns. With the way Cleveland has been playing, maybe they haven’t and we just didn’t notice.
In a game that saw Pittsburg turn the ball over three times and still manage 543 total yards, the final 27-14 score could have been much worse. Pittsburg ran 74 plays to Cleveland’s 51 and won the time of possesion by over 13 minutes. Cleveland had only 197 total yards.
Once again, missed tackles and problems covering receivers kept the Browns’ defense from getting off the field. At times, they managed to pressure Roethlisberger, but not near enough. Stopping the run didn’t happen either, as the Steelers had 140 yards on the ground. Turnovers kept them to 27 points.
Josh Cribbs returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and had a punt return for 26 yards. On offense Cribbs carried six times for 45 yards. I have been screaming for him to get the ball more on offense. Give him his new contract now, don’t let this thing fester.Once again Derek Anderson was the victim of dropped passes. Anderson completed just 9 of 24 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown pass to Vickers. He also threw an interception and lost two fumbles.
Eric Mangini says he sees improvement in the team. Sorry but I do not. With ten games remaining, the Browns still have a lot of questions to be answered.