Despite a performance hardly resembling that of a team with Super Bowl aspirations, the Steelers escaped the season opener with a win Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland only managed 237 yards in total offense. Can a defensive line of Cameron Heyward, Tuitt and Javon Hargrave be a force against offensive lines?
You would have been dead wrong. Anthony Chickillo recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Steelers the first score of the game.
And it was the only scoring from the Steelers in the first quarter.
Kizer, who struggled moving the offense on the opening drive, got the Browns going, converting on three third downs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly made a reasonable contract offer to Le'Veon Bell before the deadline for franchise tagged players passed, but the star running back wants to blow the market for his position out of the water. Bell wants to make almost double that, though he believes he should be compensated for his major role in Pittsburgh's passing game.
Other than a 50-yard catch-and-run by Antonio Brown, there was a general lack of spark for the Steelers, though the Browns deserve some credit for hanging around. Ben Roethlisberger connected with Jesse James for a four-yard touchdown, capping the 91-yard drive, which would send the Steelers into the locker room at halftime up, 14-7.
The fourth-year safety finished the game with 2 tackles.
The Steelers also committed 13 penalties for 144 yards. Jamar Taylor was hit with a pass interference call, costing the Browns 41 yards.
The Steelers asked for and received a two-week roster exemption for Bell upon his return to the team. Roethlisberger connected with James for his second touchdown of the game, a two-yard reception to give the Steelers a 21-10 lead. He is the third member of the Watt family to play in the NFL.
The Browns wouldn't go away, though. Cleveland T Joe Thomas, who has never missed a snap with the Browns, started his 161st straight game on Sunday. Will be re-evaluated and more informaiton on Tuesday.
According to Pro Football Talk, the players got the idea for the video after talking with former Browns great Jim Brown during the preseason. Tyler Matakavich blocked Britton Colquit's punt.
The first half was a clash of defenses for the most part, but then with 45 seconds left in the first quarter, the Steelers took a 14-7 lead on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to James.
Roethlisberger passed for 263 yards. When the drive stalled at the Pittsburgh six-yard line, Gonzalez converted the first field goal attempt of his career. Kizer scored two plays later.