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Steelers and Browns tied 10-10 in fourth quarter: Live stats and how to watch
Can Pickett pull out a win?
Much has been made about Kenny Pickett in the fourth quarter this season, and he’s going to get another shot, as the Browns’ offense has been unable to find any traction. After a 21-yard punt return by Calvin Austin III, Pickett and the offense will start at the Cleveland 32. Pickett has thrown for just 93 yards today, but he has seven game-winning drives in 22 career games.
Steelers RB Jaylen Warren has first 20+ PPR point game of the season
Pittsburgh running back Jaylen Warren was proclaimed a starter recently and he’s been a boon as a starting running back in fantasy football. That trend has continued, as Warren has 145 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Add those up and Warren has 23.5 PPR points, which is a season high for him.
Browns can’t get anything going
After a penalty negated a 13-yard completion, the Browns go three-and-out for the third time in their last four drives. The lone drive in which Cleveland did record a first down resulted in an interception.
The Browns are averaging 1.5 yards per play in the second half.
Browns offense sputtering in second half
Cleveland’s defense has given Dorian Thompson-Robinson every opportunity to win this game versus Pittsburgh, but the Browns’ offense has failed to take advantage. Following an efficient first half, the rookie has completed just 5 of 15 passes for 26 yards in the second half. The Steelers have possession with 5:47 remaining in a 10-10 game.
Warren surpasses 100 yards, as Steelers settle for game-tying FG
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One game after hitting 100 yards for the first time in his career (101 against the Packers), Jaylen Warren is having another career game. He’s up to 129 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, with back-to-back chunks of 21 and 12 yards on that drive. But the Steelers stalled in the red zone after Myles Garrett’s second sack of the day and settled for a field goal. It’s 10-10 with 7:40 to play in regulation.
Steelers play their best late
The Steelers have been outscored by 43 points in the first three quarters this season, 26th in the NFL, but they’re +14 in the fourth quarter, eighth in the NFL.
Pittsburgh’s four wins after trailing in the fourth quarter lead the league.
Browns get crucial stop
The Browns defense comes through with a three-and-out following the interception.
Cleveland has faced 15 drives following turnovers this season and has forced a three-and-out on five of them (33.3 percent), the highest share in the NFL.
Pittsburgh can’t capitalize on the INT
And as quickly as the Steelers took the ball away, they will give it right back. Pittsburgh goes three-and-out and punts, its seventh of the day on nine possessions. Making matters worse, Pressley Harvin III shanked the punt only 20 yards before it went out of bounds, setting up the Browns at the Steelers’ 45.
Steelers snag the first turnover of the game
We’ve had a defensive struggle so far, but we didn’t have a turnover, until now. Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s throw went off the hands of Amari Cooper and was caught by a diving Chandon Sullivan for the interception. It’s the Steelers’ 19th takeaway this season, which leads the NFL. Cleveland was on the outskirts of field goal range, but Pittsburgh takes over at its own 23.
A gritty first down for Kenny Pickett
Mike Tomlin rolled the dice on fourth-and-1 from his own 29-yard-line, and Kenny Pickett strained just enough on a QB sneak — despite his helmet coming off — to pick up the first down, which stood despite a challenge from the Browns. Pickett appeared to get something in his eye and remained down for a moment before coming to the sideline and getting eyedrops from a trainer. Mitch Trubisky came onto the field, but with the review delaying the next play, Pickett had time to return without missing a snap.
Another blow to the Steelers’ secondary
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DB Elijah Riley suffered an ankle injury and has been ruled out. Riley is the extra DB in dime and some nickel situations.
Big plays have carried Steelers’ offense vs. Browns
How have the Steelers gained yardage against the Browns this season? Two huge plays.
Midway through the teams’ second meeting of the season, the Steelers have gained 394 total yards against the Browns. An incredible 145 of those (36.8 percent) have come on only two plays: a 71-yard touchdown reception by George Pickens in Week 2 and Jaylen Warren’s 74-yard touchdown run to open the second half today. The Browns’ defense has allowed only one other play longer than 70 yards this season.
Jaylen Warren league leading rusher since Week 9
Jaylen Warren’s 74-yard touchdown brings the Steelers back to within a 10-7 score, but it also vaults him to the league lead in rushing yards since Week 9. Warren now has 282 rushing yards in that span, a pace that currently places him ahead of Texans RB Devin Singletary (260 yards) for first place in the league.
Jaylen Warren breaks loose to put Pittsburgh on the board
The Steelers had just 64 yards in the first half against the Browns. They just eclipsed that in one play on the second snap after halftime, as Jaylen Warren broke loose down the right sideline for a 74-yard touchdown run. Rookie right tackle Broderick Jones, whose ascension into the starting lineup three weeks ago has given the running game new life, led the way with a big block in space. The extra point was good despite being tipped, and it’s 10-7, Browns.
First half fantasy scoring review of Steelers-Browns
Fantasy scoring has been at a minimum in today’s Steelers-Browns contest.
Browns RB Jerome Ford leads the way with 12.3 PPR points. David Njoku has also posted a solid 7.4 PPR points, but that’s been about it for Cleveland, as Amari Cooper and Elijah Moore both have only 5.6 PPR points, and Kareem Hunt has generated only 1.0 PPR points.
The Steelers have zero players with solid fantasy point totals. George Pickens is the top scorer, but he has only 3.9 PPR points. Jaylen Warren has posted 2.9 PPR points, and Najee Harris has racked up only 2.3 PPR points. Even Diontae Johnson, who had 61.4 PPR points over a three-game span in Weeks 7-9, has fallen well short, as he has yet to tally a single PPR point following his 2.7-PPR point dud in Week 10.
Browns defense locks down Steelers in first half
The Browns’ top-ranked defense limited the Steelers to 64 yards of total offense in the first half, allowing only 2.9 yards per play. Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett has completed just 5 of 8 passes for 34 yards.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson looks steady
Dorian Thompson-Robinson leads a 17-play, 77-yard drive before the half, resulting in a 25-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins to give Cleveland a 10-0 lead. The rookie QB is 13-of-19 for 98 yards thus far. And, most importantly for the Browns, no turnovers.
A rough first half for Pittsburgh
The Steelers’ offense struggled mightily in the first meeting with the Browns, but Pittsburgh won on the strength of two defensive touchdowns. Of course, that’s not the most sustainable approach. Today, the Steelers have just 65 yards on 21 plays (3.1 yards per play) in the first half, punting on all four of their possessions. It’s 10-0 Cleveland, and Pittsburgh is probably lucky it’s not worse.
Browns getting after Kenny Pickett
That’s two early sacks for the Browns defense today.
Cleveland is now tied for fourth in the NFL with 31 total sacks, but the unit leads the league in sack rate, taking down passers on an NFL-high 11.3 percent of dropbacks this season.
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