Final Sunday afternoon was one to overlook for the Cleveland Browns.
For a franchise with a historical past of heartbreak and disappointment, giving up a 13-point lead within the remaining couple of minutes towards the New York Jets – and their backup quarterback – to lose was surprising even for the Browns.
Nonetheless, on Thursday Evening Soccer, they went some methods in direction of correcting these errors, beating their bitter AFC North division rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-17.
Cleveland quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns – one to Amari Cooper and one to David Njoku – whereas Nick Chubb continued his wonderful season, operating for 113 yards and a landing.
Regardless of trailing at halftime, a mix of the Browns offense rolling and the protection placing the clamps on the Steelers wrapped up an vital victory for Cleveland, exorcising a few of Sunday’s demons.
It was Brissett’s burgeoning reference to Cooper – who was traded from the Dallas Cowboys within the offseason – which was a key driving drive behind Thursday’s victory.
Having damaged out in his dwelling debut final week with 101 yards, Cooper once more completed with 101 yards towards Pittsburgh, together with an 11-yard landing within the first quarter.
After the sport, Brissett expressed his appreciation for the acquisition of the four-time Professional Bowler.
“I’m glad they [management] did it,” Brissett told NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero.
“I imply he’s been unbelievable. He’s one of many smartest, hardest-working gamers I’ve ever labored with, comes out right here each week, each day working exhausting, placing within the work and it’s only a pleasure to play with him. I do know that he needs to only proceed to maintain this going.”
The Pittsburgh offense continued its early season struggles of having the ability to transfer the ball persistently with Mitch Trubisky behind middle on Thursday.
Though there have been glimpses of explosiveness – a surprising catch from rookie George Pickens and Najee Harris wanting dynamic – it was one other restricted show from Trubisky and the offense.
Trubisky, the previous No. 2 general choose who arrived within the offseason from the Buffalo Bills, was named the starter this season by head coach Mike Tomlin.
Nonetheless, the Steelers drafted quarterback Kenny Pickett with the twentieth choose of this 12 months’s draft. Given the offensive struggles the staff has proven thus far this 12 months, calls from followers have gotten louder for the previous Pittsburgh Panthers star to get his alternative within the lineup. Throughout final week’s loss to the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh devoted could possibly be heard chanting Pickett’s identify.
After the defeat to the Browns, when requested about whether or not he was contemplating giving Pickett a chance, Tomlin was adamant in sticking behind Trubisky.
“I’m not in that mindset,” Tomlin told the media. “I’m curious about reviewing his tape and looking out on the totality of it and figuring how we collectively get higher.
“So, the reply to that query is definitively no.”
The outcome means the Steelers slip to 1-2 on the 12 months as they’re set to host the Jets in Week 4. The Browns transfer to 2-1 – and atop of the AFC North – and journey to play the Atlanta Falcons subsequent week.
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