Browns vs. Steelers: Cleveland bounces back from humiliating loss to beat bitter rival Pittsburgh, 29-17


Last Sunday afternoon was one to forget for the Cleveland Browns.

For a franchise with a history of heartbreak and disappointment, letting go of a 13-point lead in the final minutes against the New York Jets – and their backup quarterback – was shocking even for the Browns.

However, on Thursday Night Football, they went some way to correcting those mistakes, with the Pittsburgh Steelers beating their bitter AFC North division rivals 29-17.

Cleveland quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns — one to Amari Cooper and one to David Njoku — while Nick Chubb continued his stellar season with 113 yards and a touchdown.

Despite trailing at halftime, the Browns’ offense and defense combined to clamp down on the Steelers in an important victory for Cleveland, exorcising some of Sunday’s demons.

It was Brissett’s strong bond with Cooper – who was traded from the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason – that was a key factor in Thursday’s victory.

After breaking out with 101 yards in his home debut last week, Cooper again finished with 101 yards against Pittsburgh, including an 11-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

After the game, Brissett thanked the four-time Pro Bowler for his purchase.

“I’m happy for them [management] he did,” Brissett told NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero.

“I mean it’s been incredible. He’s one of the smartest, toughest players I’ve ever worked with, he comes out here every week, works hard every day, putting in the work and it’s just a pleasure to play with him. I know he wants to keep this going.”

Pittsburgh’s offense continued its early season struggles Thursday to consistently move the ball behind center Mitch Trubisky.

While there were glimpses of explosiveness — a surprising catch from rookie George Pickens and Najee Harris — a dynamic look, it was another limited display of Trubisky and the offense.

Trubisky, the former No. 2 overall pick from the Buffalo Bills in the offseason, was named the starter this season by coach Mike Tomlin.

However, the Steelers selected quarterback Kenny Pickett with the 20th pick in this year’s draft. Given the offensive struggles the team has shown so far this year, the calls from fans have gotten louder for the former Pittsburgh Panthers star to have a chance in the lineup. During last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh faithful could be heard chanting Pickett’s name.

Trubisky throws in the second half against the Browns.

Asked after the Browns loss if he was considering giving Pickett a chance, Tomlin was adamant about staying behind Trubisky.

“I’m not in that mindset,” Tomlin told the media. “I’m interested in reviewing his tape and looking at the entirety of it and figuring out how we can collectively improve.

“So the answer to that question is definitely no.”

The result means the Steelers move to 1-2 on the year as they prepare to host the Jets in Week 4. The Browns move to 2-1 – and atop the AFC North – and travel to play the Atlanta Falcons next week.

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