Old-Fashioned Beatdown!

Ben Roethlisberger unable to hear due to crowd noise.

Ben Roethlisberger unable to hear due to crowd noise.

Photo: Billy Jelenic/The Rust Belt Chronicles

The Cleveland Browns (3-2) came into this matchup riding high with confidence, and wanting consistency and proving to the NFL that they belong. Well, after five weeks, mission accomplished. The Browns completely dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) in an old-fashioned way in their 31-10 victory at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a long time coming. Far too many times, almost every time, the Steelers head to Cleveland and tell the Browns that they are still not ready to contend. Cleveland has been known to show up unprepared and completely lay an egg in front of their home fans. Not today. Not this game. The Browns put on a clinic in front of their fans, in front of their city. This win was for the Cleveland.

Rookie Running Back phenom- Isaiah Crowell.

Rookie Running Back phenom- Isaiah Crowell.

Photo: Billy Jelenic/The Rust Belt Chronicles

The Browns turned back the clock in today’s win over the Steelers. They went back to formula for winning football: running the football. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan dialed up 38 runs to 17 passes. The offensive line played tremendous again, and if there’s an MVP for the quarter mark of the season, it’s them. They’ve played great. They opened up huge holes and lanes for Ben Tate (25 carries, 78 yards, 2 TD’s) and Isaiah Crowell (11 carries, 77 yards, 1 TD) to run through and gash the Steeler defense. It was an old-school offensive attack and gameplan by the Browns. They continue to get whatever they want on the ground, against whoever they want. The loss of Alex Mack, though, is a huge blow to the Browns’ offensive line. He’s a pro-bowl center and the leader at the line of scrimmage. Hopefully, John Greco will do a good enough job in his place.

Brian Hoyer picking apart the Steelers.

Brian Hoyer picking apart the Steelers.

Photo: Billy Jelenic/The Rust Belt Chronicles

Brian Hoyer continues to improve for the Browns, and today he did a great job with the play-action. He’s doing a phenomenal job at orchestrating the Cleveland offense, but of also being a leader. He’s extremely prepared each week, and his work ethic is wearing off on other players. What he has has done this year, as well as the 3 games he played in last year make a great story, especially being a hometown kid. Let’s hope the story has a good ending.

Tight end Jordan Cameron (3 catches, 102 yards, 1 TD) has been missing in action the first four games, but he showed up today. He did a great job getting open down the field, and Hoyer did a terrific job allowing him to get open behind the Steeler defense with his play-fakes. The Browns‘ offense needs Cameron to play well without having Josh Gordon. He’s an absolute beast and a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. I look for this game to be a jump start and for him to start having better productivity.

 Defensive Back, Buster Skrine smiling on the walk to the tunnel. Photo Credit: Billy Jelenic.

Defensive Back, Buster Skrine and teammates, smiling on the walk to the tunnel.

Photo: Billy Jelenic/The Rust Belt Chronicles

Cleveland’s defense has been horrific the first four games. Plain and simple. The defense, as well as defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil and head coach Mike Pettine have been under fire with the poor play. Today, though, they had a tremendous effort and held a talented Pittsburgh offense to 10 points. They had a tremendous gameplan, in which they would have a surplus of defensive backs on the field to make it hard for Ben Roethlisberger to hit open receivers. It worked, and the Browns got the win.

Fullback, Ray Agnew, happy after Browns blow-out Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Bill Jelenic.

Fullback, Ray Agnew, happy after Browns blow-out Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Bill Jelenic.

Now, the Browns have a winnable schedule the next three weeks with games against Jacksonville (0-6), Oakland (0-5), and Tampa Bay (1-5). They can’t get ahead of themselves, but to think the Browns could be 6-2 traveling to Cincinnati for a Thursday night showdown against the Bengals is astonishing. Today was the turning point of all of it. Roethlisberger was a career 18-1 against the Browns, but after the loss today, he’s now, 18-2.

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About Erik Gebhardt

My name is Erik Gebhardt, and I am a junior at Cleveland State University majoring in communication. I am from Orrville, Ohio. I enjoy writing and expressing my opinion to readers.

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