Finally, A Complete Team Win

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As Browns fans, we will remember this day and victory for a long time to come. The Browns came out at home today and absolutely smoked the befuddled Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10. And the Browns finally won a game with a fantastic complete team effort: Offense, Defense, and Special Teams.

First let’s start with the defense, who came out and looked as good as advertised when the season began. First of all during the entire game the Steelers only got into the end zone one time and kicked one field goal in the first quarter. This defensive effort came after losing defensive lineman Phil Taylor, defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, and defensive lineman Armonty Bryant to injuries. And Kruger and Haden were questionable before the game even began. Lets look at the stats. Even though the Browns rushing defense has been atrocious to start the season they only allowed Le’Veon Bell to rush for 82 yards on 18 carries and only allowed Legarrette Blount to have 27 yards on 8 carries. This is an extreme improvement from week one where Bell ran for 109 yards on 21 carries and caught 6 receptions for 88 yards. The Browns limited the running game and contained Ben Roethlisberger for the first time in a while. Big Ben threw for 228 yards, a touchdown, and a interception this afternoon. The Browns were able to bring the pressure and sack Big Ben 2 times today and the Browns didn’t allow his elusiveness to affect them. Even though Antonio Brown had a good day receiving, Joe Haden looked like himself and wouldn’t let Brown get into the end zone. Overall the defensive effort was incredible and hopefully this defensive trend will continue in the later weeks.

Next is the incredible performance from Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns offense. Hoyer threw for 217 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. His big target was Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron who had 3 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. Even though he only had 3 receptions, they were key to the victory. In the first Half the Browns were down 3 and had already punted twice when Hoyer executed a perfect play action pass and Cameron was wide open for a huge gain and that play led to a 5 yard touchdown run by Isaiah Crowell. And Cameron caught a big touchdown in the second quarter. Besides Cameron, the running backs had good success as well. Ben Tate had a huge day rushing with 78 yards on 25 carries and 2 touchdowns and Crowell presented a nice complement with 77 yards on 11 carries. But, The MVP of the game was the offensive line, as a unit. After losing Pro Bowl center Alex Mack to a leg injury, John Greco replaced him at center and Paul McQuistan came in off the bench at right guard. Together the unit didn’t miss a beat and played together as one incredible unit. Today the Browns continued to take steps forward offensively and they looked like an offensive juggernaut led by Hoyer.

Last, the Special Teams played the possession game very well after the first quarter and didn’t let Antonio Brown have an effect on the outcome of the game.

Today the Browns came out and defended their home field in dominating fashion. With games against Jacksonville, Oakland, and Tampa Bay looming, hopefully the Browns can get on a roll as a complete team and make a run for the AFC North Crown.

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