Steelers outshine Browns to remain unblemished


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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger gets acknowledgement from his coach as he comes off the field during the Steelers’ game vs the (then) Redskins on Sept. 12, 2016.

Jake Peters, Staff Writer

Sunday could not have gone better for Mike Tomlin and his players. The Steelers immediately started off on defense looking dominant. The defensive line played spectacularly, which as the game went on led to disaster for the Brown’s quarterback, Baker Mayfield. This was the story of the game as the defensive line pressured Baker all game and forced him to make horrible throws. In return, this led to large amounts of time on the clock for the Steelers offense to cook.

Baker Mayfield, who was coming off of two great games against Dallas and Indianapolis, played horribly in Sunday’s contest. He threw for a gruesome 10/18 for 119 yards, paired with two interceptions and a single touchdown. His QB rating of 54.9 was horrendous, far below the league average of 88.6. It wasn’t all his fault though, as he was matched up against one of the best defenses in the league.

Star-player Bud Dupree managed two sacks on Baker for the day, as well as Cam Heyward having a big game up-front for six solo tackles.

The Steelers secondary also shined, as Minkah Fitzpatrick and Cameron Sutton each had an interception.

Now, on the offensive side, Big Ben played a much better game. His QB rating was 101.0, indicating a solid performance by the aging quarterback. While the stat sheet doesn’t show it, he made good passes and avoided costly mistakes. James Conner, on the other hand, had a great day with the ball in his hands. He produced 101 rushing yards with 20 carries, tacking on a touchdown.

Rookie sensation Chase Claypool, better known as “Mapletron” now, shined while leading the team in receiving yards. He also scored a rushing touchdown in the game.

All in all, the offense’s playing well up-front and letting its ball carriers do the work led to success. No turnovers by the Steelers was the key to the game in this one.

The defense played too good for the Browns and forced them to make mistakes time after time. Whether it was an offensive lineman allowing a sack, or Baker throwing a pick, the Steelers were pressuring the Browns all game. The final score of the game was 38-7, with the Steelers coming out victorious.

The undefeated Steelers head on the road to Tennessee. Here, they will be playing the red-hot Titans, who are also undefeated. Next Sunday’s matchup is one you will not want to miss.