No-win situation: Browns can't finish in tie with Steelers

Ross Houston
September 11, 2018

The stat line for Tyrod Taylor in his debut for the Cleveland Browns looks pretty bad.

The Cleveland Browns managed to not lose on Sunday for the first time since December of 2016, but their tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers should have been a win.

Joe Haden briskly walked through the Steelers' locker room on Monday and then was off to a team meeting in a blink of an eye.

The Browns trailed 21-7 entering the fourth quarter before getting a one-yard touchdown run from Carlos Hyde to climb within one score.

"It's just frustrating that we can't make the plays down the stretch", he said.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett seemed to be everywhere. He also caught one pass for three yards. Ben Roethlisberger threw three interceptions in the first half and finished 23 of 41 for 335 yards, throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Antonio Brown. Watt had two quarterback hurries but was unable to sack Brady. "Whether that is newness or whatever it is, I do not want to get caught up in all of that".

It was another positive for Gordon, who missed most of training camp to address health issues and was playing in his first season opener since 2012 because of drug and alcohol addictions.

Browns undrafted rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison had a long day. But the Browns punt from their own 26 after Bud Dupree batted a pass intended for Jarvis Landry. Got to play better.

"Disappointed for our fans", said an exasperated Jackson, who fell to 1-31-1 with Cleveland. You take the turnovers, and the penalties that we had and our inability to do some things early offensively, those are huge keys to a tie game. Although he was beaten for a touchdown shortly after replacing Haden in the Steelers' 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns, Sutton rebounded to gather in an interception late in regulation - the only turnover produced by the Steelers. We have to play better as an offensive unit. Quarterback Nick Foles caught a 15-yard pass from wide receiver Nelson Agholor to extend a drive that ended with a touchdown.

Garrett, who delivered the monster game he promised, forced Steelers running back James Conner to fumble with 7:36 left, and Peppers recovered and returned the ball 16 yards to the 1. Chris Boswell and Zane Gonzales each missed a field goal in overtime.

The beleaguered Browns have two of those losses and now the tie.

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