Browns brutalized in 24-9 loss to Steelers

Browns brutalized in 24-9 loss to Steelers

What's remained constant is the desire to play at its highest possible level for a full 60 minutes.

He believes that Josh McCown, who admitted he pressed against the Steelers, will guard against that this week when he starts against the Giants in place of Cody Kessler, who's in the concussion protocol. In fact, the Steelers defense actually gave the Browns four first downs from penalties. Marc Sessler of Around the National Football League describes how the win, combined with Baltimore's loss to Dallas, puts the Steelers in a tie with the Ravens for the AFC North division.

"We have to help our defense and score more points", wide receiver Terrelle Pryor said. "It really doesn't mean anything".

Because of the four-game skid, every game has turned into a must-win scenario for the Steelers, and this one is next in line.

The Steelers did it by playing Steelers football - running the ball, stopping the run and physically punishing the Browns.

The Steelers' defense also scored as many touchdowns (one) as it allowed (Hargrave's fumble recovery was in the end zone). The Browns were limited to 209 total yards, 126 of which came in the fourth quarter after the Steelers had built a 17-3 lead.

Prior to the win over the Browns, the Steelers had just 13 sacks on the entire season. I think we all get that.

Roethlisberger earned his 10th career win at FirstEnergy Stadium (which opened in 1999) to tie former Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson for most wins in the venue's history.

Kessler sustained a concussion - his second this season - late in the third quarter. Outside linebacker Arthur Moats had 1.5 and inside linebackers Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier each had one apiece. Kessler was slow to recover from the hit and later was determined to have sustained a concussion, his second in five weeks.

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Browns coach Hue Jackson said it's possible Kessler may need extra time to recover from his second concussion since October 23. We are going to fix this.

Jackson didn't think Timmons' play was dirty. "This is a tough sport. I just go out there and lead by example, go out there and do it and hope guys see that and they'll want to follow suit".

As a result, people often debate whether the Crimson Tide could beat the Browns. His longest punt was 57 yards, but he didn't pin the Browns inside their 20 yard line. Cody Kessler's pass fell incomplete, intended for his running back upfield.

However, Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun was called for holding, giving Pittsburgh another chance. The Steelers eschewed a short field goal attempt and a potential 9-0 halftime lead for a 14-0 lead after Bell scored on a 1-yard run and David Johnson caught a two-point conversion pass from Ben Roethlisberger. "We are going to stay together".

"That is just my mindset so I guess that is not going to change, so of course I still have that in me and still as my main focus and so does Hue and so does the whole team", he said.

But while Jim Harrison didn't get to see his son break Jason Gildon's team record with his 77 ½ quarterback takedown as a member of the Steelers, teammates and fans did.

There is not a guy in our locker room that does not want to win.

Robert Griffin III will practice this week for the first time since a bone in his left shoulder was broken in the season opener. Last week, Harrison found himself on the sideline during Dallas' final two drives, both ending with touchdown runs by rookie Ezekiel Elliott. The Browns have a bye on December 4, which would give RG3 additional time to get ready. The Steelers will travel to Indy to meet the Colts for a prime-time Thanksgiving showdown at 8:30.