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, giving up a 13-point lead in the final few minutes against the New York Jets — and their backup quarterback — to lose was shocking even for the Browns.

On Thursday Night Football, however, they went some way to correcting those mistakes, defeating 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 — while Nick Chubb continued his outstanding season, running for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Despite trailing at halftime, a combination of the Browns offense rolling and the defense putting the clamps on the Steelers made for an important victory for Cleveland, which shed some of Sunday’s demons.

It was Brissett’s growing connection with Cooper — who was traded from the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason — that was a key driving force behind Thursday’s victory.

After breaking out for 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 expressed his appreciation for the acquisition of the four-time Pro Bowler.

“I’m glad they [management] did it,” Brissett told NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero.

“I mean, he’s been unbelievable. He’s one of the smartest, hardest-working players I’ve ever worked with, comes here every week, every day, works hard, puts in the work and it’s just a pleasure to be around him to play. I know he just wants to keep this going.”

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

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

Trubisky, the former No.

However, the Steelers drafted quarterback Kenny Pickett with the 20th pick of this year’s draft. Given the offensive struggles the team has shown so far this year, fan calls have grown louder for the former Pittsburgh Panthers star to get his chance in the lineup. During last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh faithful could be heard calling Pickett’s name.

Trubisky throws in the second half against the Browns.

After the loss to the Browns, when asked if he was considering giving Pickett a chance, Tomlin was adamant about sticking behind Trubisky.

“I’m not in that mindset,” Tomlin told the media. “I’m interested in reviewing his tape and looking at the totality and figuring out how we get better collectively.

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

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

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