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Mike Mitchell: Steelers vs. Browns was 'Way too close'

12 Janvier 2018

The Browns finished 2017 with a 0-16 record after losing 28-24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The Browns had an opportunity to snatch a victory, but wide receiver Corey Coleman fumbled a pass with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped Cleveland with a 21-18 victory in the 2017 season opener on September 10, they stressed there was no need to panic despite a largely "meh" performance. It's the first time since the Detroit Lions went winless back in 2008 that we've seen such an atrociously disgusting display of football - and it's worth arguing that this Browns season was the worse of the two winless campaigns.

For a second, it seemed like the Cleveland Browns were going to pull off the unthinkable- actually win one game.

They'll pick first and fourth overall in the 2018 National Football League draft, the latter pick coming via the Houston Texans in a 2017 Draft Day trade involving Deshaun Watson.

The Cleveland Browns started on defense and looked like the typical inept and lost offense we are accustomed to seeing. "If that is the case, I'll prepare myself and make sure I am ready to go mentally and physically". "I promise you this: I am going to do everything in my power from this moment on with the help and resources within our organization to get this organization turned to winning". But darkness is a friend of all who dwell in the Dawg Pound, and it's hard to imagine that's going to change any time soon.

It's true that Hue Jackson had a good spell in Cincinnati as offensive coordinator, but AJ Green, Marvin Jones, and Mohamed Sanu aren't walking through the door when training camp starts, nor is Andy Dalton, Andrew Whitworth or Giovani Bernard.

"But trust me, I don't think anybody knows what the fight is in that room". While their dismal season has mercifully ended, they're going to continue to take blows - until they win.

"I didn't feel any of that from them", said former Browns and current Steelers cornerback Joe Haden.

-The Steelers sacked Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer six times and broke the franchise's single-season sacks record of 55 (1994, 2001). As a lifelong fan, I really shouldn't be surprised.

The Browns had their chances against a Pittsburgh Steelers team that rested a lot of prominent players, including Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Cam Heyward.

Schuster hauled in all nine catchable passes thrown his way to finish with 143 yards and a touchdown to compile a passer rating of 112.5 when targeted.

The intangible reward is the "Perfect Season Parade", to be hosted by fan Chris McNeil, which will take place January 6 at noon.

Gordon once again proved to be among the few bright spots on the Browns as he hauled in all four of his catchable targets for 115 yards. The Steelers lead was 21-14 with 7:13 left in the second quarter.

The Browns will have three different defensive starters than they did on opening day. Alvin Kamara scored on a 106-yard kickoff return and had a second touchdown rushing for the Saints. The Browns also did themselves no favors as self-inflicted wounds - turnovers, penalties, missed tackles and other miscues - hampered their most-earnest efforts. Smith-Schuster is the first Steelers player with a receiving touchdown and a kick return touchdown in the same game since Gary Ballman in 1963.

Mike Mitchell: Steelers vs. Browns was 'Way too close'