Positives: The Browns not only beat the Steelers, they completely dominated them!

Brian Hoyer: I’m getting tired of putting his name in this category (not really).  You know the story by now, local kid leads the Browns back to relevance, while holding off potential franchise quarterback.  Hoyer didn’t have to throw the ball much in the game, going 8-for-17 with 217 yards and a touchdown.  Hoyer is now 6-2 as the Browns starter over the last two years.

Running Backs: The Browns running back tandem of Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell totaled 36 carries and 155 yards against the Steelers.  Tate had 25 carries for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Crowell had 11 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown.  The running backs are so deep, that their leading rusher, Terrance West, was inactive for the game.  It will be interesting to see how the carries get split up as the season goes on.

Jordan Cameron: Coming into the game Cameron had season totals of 6 receptions, 103 yards, and 0 touchdowns.  Cameron was able to equal his season in one game, as he had 3 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown.  Cameron was expected to see his stats spike with the absence of Josh Gordon, but instead Cameron has dealt with a bum shoulder for most of the year, and multiple double teams.  He was finally able to get off the snide and this game will hopefully propel him back to his Pro Bowl level numbers.

The Defense: The Steelers might have been able to rack up 359 total yards, but it took them 76 plays to do it, an average of 4.7 yards per play.  Meanwhile the Browns had 368 total yards and did it on just 56 plays, an average of 6.6 yards per play.  Led by Karlos Dansby, Tashaun Gipson, and Donte Whitner, the Browns defense was able to get the stops when they needed them, as the Steelers three red zone attempts amounted to just 3 points.  Everyone not named Antonio Brown was shut down, and the win would have been even more convincing had the Steelers not scored a garbage time touchdown.  Even Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert had good games.

The Next 3 Games: Jacksonville, Oakland and Tampa Bay have a combined record of 1-16, so if they play as they have, the Browns could be looking at a 6-2 record after the next 3 weeks.

Renewed Rivalry?: It’s getting there.

Negatives: Sure it’s always great to destroy the Steelers, but there are some things to worry about:

Injuries: The Browns were already short-handed going into this game, with two starting defensive linemen out for the game.  During the game, that D-Line got even thinner when Armonty Byrant left the game with a knee injury, up-and-coming defensive back, K’Waun Williams, also left the game with an apparent head injury, but the biggest blow, was when our Pro Bowl center, Alex Mack, suffered a broken leg.  The five starting offensive linemen had played every snap of the season up to that point, and Mack had never missed a play in his career, but now Mack is most likely out for the season.

Pitch plays involving Isaiah Crowell: On two separate occasions, Isaiah Crowell fumbled the pitch from Brian Hoyer. Luckily, the Browns recovered both of them.  Whether is was Hoyer’s or Crowell’s fault, just know that they will be working on it in practice.

1st Quarter: The Browns came out a little flat, and were lucky to get out of the quarter only being down 3-0.  The Steelers squandered a goal line opportunity, and botched a field goal.  What could have been a 10-0 Steelers lead, led to the Browns stepping up their game, as they went on the score 21 second quarter points.  In the first quarter, the Browns had a total of -8 yards.

— Chris Sladoje (@CST_Doje)


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