Steelers smash Browns, 38-7

Mayfield pulled for Keenum

Steelers smash Browns, 38-7
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Source: Gene J. Puskar)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Browns have now lost 17 in a row at Heinz Field after losing 38-7 on Sunday.

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The Steelers dominated the first quarter and never looked back, cruising to a big divisional win to run their record to 5-0, the Browns fall to 4-2.

Baker Mayfield played, miserably, deep into the third quarter before giving way to Case Keenum. Playing with injured ribs he finished 10 of 18 for 119 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and was hit hard several times.

While 4-2 is better than the Browns usually are at this point, they have been thoroughly outplayed in their two games against the class of the AFC North. With the 38-6 loss to Baltimore in the opener they have been outscored 76-13 in the two games against the two teams they need to learn to beat.

Receiver Chase Claypool put the Steelers up 31-7 in the third quarter when he took a hand off around the left side and hit pay dirt from three yards out. Pittsburgh scored when their defense handed the offense a short field.

The Browns, down 24-7 and desperate to get things going, went for it on 4th and inches inside their own 30 yard line. Kareem Hunt was gobbled up in the backfield and never reached the line of scrimmage. That drive marked the last for Baker Mayfield.

The Steelers used the second quarter to take command of the game and put the Browns in a huge hole.

After Cameron Sutton intercepted Mayfield, Mayfield’s second interception of the day. Ben Roethlisberger hit James Washington for a 28 yard touchdown to make it 24-0.

On their first drive of the second quarter the Steelers moved 88 yards and needed only seven plays to do it. James Conner capped the drive off with a three yard touchdown to make it 17-0. The score was set up by a bomb to rookie Chase Claypool. Ben Roethlisberger hit him for a 36 yard gain down the sideline. Terrance Mitchell was defending on the play, it was the second big gain he’d given up on the day. James Washington picked up 27 yards on a pass against him in the first quarter.

The Browns finally got on the board in the final moments of the first half. Rashard Higgins got free and Mayfield hit him for a 13 yard touchdown pass to trim the lead to 24-7. The nine play, 75 yard drive was by far the Browns best effort of the first half.

The first big play of the day went to Pittsburgh. On the Browns first drive of the game, Baker Mayfield was intercepted by Minkah Fitzpatrick who ran it back 33 yards for the game’s first touchdown and a 10-0 Steelers lead. It was a 3rd and four situation and was Mayfield’s first pass of the game.

Pittsburgh drove for a score on the first drive of the game. An 11 play, 58 yard drive resulted in a 35 yard Chris Boswell field goal. Conner ran for 27 yards on the drive.

Mayfield is looking to do something that no Browns quarterback has done in nearly two decades, win a game in Pittsburgh. Oct. 5, 2003 was the last time the Browns won a game at Heinz Field. Tim Couch passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third to carry Cleveland to a 33-13 win. Since then, Heinz Field has been a place of misery.

The Browns (4-1) are sending a much better team to face the Steelers (4-0) than they normally have, they are right in the thick of the AFC North race. A win would put them in front of the Steelers in the standings.

Roethlisberger has never lost to the Browns at home. He is off to a tremendous start to the 2020 season, he is on pace to throw for 4,000 yards, 40 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.

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