Breaking down the game against Buffalo
Washington, Snell stepping up
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:BUD DUPREE
BY BOB LABRIOLA
Baker Bear Hug
1:17 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Yes, the Steelers forced the Browns to settle for a red zone field goal after initially having a first-and-5 at the 6-yard line, but along the way Cleveland converted two separate third-and-long situations. The first of those was a third-and-7 when Baker Mayfield com-pleted a 19-yard pass to Jarvis Landry, and the sec-ond came on a third-and-14 when Mayfield com-pleted a 15-yard pass to Landry that initially was ruled incomplete before being overturned on replay. Austin Seibert’s 31-yard field goal gave the Browns a 3-0 led with 7:31 remaining in the first period.
1:23 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers offense was only on the field for three plays, and none of them were particularly impressive. After a 34-yard kickoff return by Kerrith Whyte, Jaylen Samuels gained 3 yards on a first-down run, and Benny Snell gained a yard on second down. On third-and-7, Chad Thomas beat RT Matt Feiler to the outside and sacked Devlin Hodges for a 13-yard loss. After Jordan Berry’s punt, the Browns’ second possession began at their 26-yard line.
1:30 p.m. – What Went Right: The Browns con-verted a third-and-1 on a quarterback sneak, but when they faced a third-and-3, an attempted shov-el pass to Kareen Hunt was stuffed by Vince Williams for a 2-yard loss. After Jamie Gillan’s punt, the Steelers rook possession at their 15-yard line with 57 seconds left in the first quarter.
ith 57 seconds left in the first quarter. 1:52 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Cleveland extended its lead to 0-0 with 7:40 remaining in the first half when a 15-yard pass to Kareem Hunt capped a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive. On the 15-yard pass to Kareem Hunt for the touch-down, Mark Barron vacated the middle of the field to cover Nick Chubb out of the backfield and that was where Hunt caught the pass before running the rest of the way into the end zone.
2:07 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers cut into the Browns lead with a 39-yard field goal from Chris Boswell, but it seemed as though the posses-sion could have been more. Devlin Hodges got Sheldon Richardson to jump into the neutral zone at the start of a play that ended up being a 31-yard pass to James Washington down the sideline. Diontae Johnson gained 17 yards on a reverse, and Jaylen Samuels gained 12 yards on two carries out of the Wildcat. But after a bad call on a false start on Devlin Hodges, the Steelers eventually faced a third-and-9 from the 21-yard line. Benny Snell failed to pick up a blitz, and Hodges threw the ball out of bounds to prevent a loss. It was 10-3 with 2:56 left in the first half.
2:20 p.m. – What Went Right: It started with the defense recording a three-and-out following Chris Boswell’s field goal, and then Devlin Hodges completed 4-of-5 for 69 yards and a 30-yard touch-down to James Washington that tied the game, 10-10, with one minute left in the first half. A 28-yard pitch-and-catch from Hodges to Tevin Jones was a pretty play, and Hodges pass to Washington was a great catch despite interference from T.J. Carrie.
2:54 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers took their first lead of the game when Devlin Hodges directed a seven-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard run by Benny Snell for the touchdown that made the score 17-10 with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter. Hodges completed passes of 15 yards to Jaylen Samuels and 44 yards to James Washington. A pass in the end zone for Deon Cain ended with a pass interference call on Denzel Ward that put the ball on the 1-yard line.
3:07 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense recorded its first takeaway of the after-noon on a second-and-10 with about five minutes left in the third quarter. Bud Dupree sacked Baker Mayfield for a 6-yard loss and forced a fumble that Cam Heyward recovered to give the Steelers pos-session at the Cleveland 46-yard line.
3:19 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers used a 10-play drive that consumed 6:01 of game time to extend their lead to 20-10 on a 29-yard field goal by Chris Boswell, but because they had a first-and-goal at the 9-yard line there was a sense it could have yielded more. On the first play after Cam Heyward’s fumble recovery, Benny Snell ran for 14 yards, and Devlin Hodges later converted a third down with a 9-yard scramble. But on third-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Hodges lost 8 yards on what appeared to be a designed run around left end.
3:38 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Browns needed only 2:48 of game time to cut the Steelers lead to 20-13 with 7:30 remaining in the fourth quarter as the result of a 34-yard field goal by Austin Seibert. On the seven-play, 61-yard drive,