Steelers vs. Browns: What they are saying in Cleveland after their win

The Cleveland Browns’ defense made big plays when it mattered most.

During the first half, the defense held the Steelers to 64 total yards.

Then on what ended up being the Steelers’ final drive of the game, quarterback Kenny Pickett couldn’t complete a pass, leading to a last-second field goal by the Browns to win 13-10 in Cleveland.

“This defense is Cleveland’s A-lister right now, even when things get ugly,” wrote Ashley Bastock, Browns reporter for

If the Browns make a playoff run, it’ll be on the shoulders of their defense, she said.

The Steelers couldn’t pull off a late game win, as they’ve been adept at doing this season, with the score tied at 10 in the waning minutes. Instead, the Browns took a page out of the Steelers’ playbook.

“They’ve won some ugly games this year and we just had to find a way to win,” said guard Joel Bitonio. “Our defense gave us enough opportunities and figured out a way.”

CBS Sports writer Bryan DeArdo said the “non-existent passing game was a major reason why the Steelers dropped their first game this season against a divisional opponent.” Pickett completed 15 of 28 throws for 106 yards and the Steelers dropped to third in the division behind Cleveland and Baltimore. columnist Jimmy Watkins had much criticism about the Steelers.

“Pittsburgh’s offense is too predictable and poorly executed to win anything of consequence, even if the Steelers have been stacking wins,” he wrote.

The loss came against the Browns rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who made his second NFL start after Deshaun Watson fractured his shoulder.

“I was frustrated,” Thompson-Robinson told “I didn’t know how the game was going to end, if I was going to get the ball back or anything like that. So, like I said, just proud again, being able to trust in my defense and my offense and just go out there and do what I have to do.”

The Browns fans cheered for their quarterback — chanting “D-T-R,” according to the Associated Press’ Tom Withers — and Thompson-Robinson was hoarse after the game from calling plays in the huddle.


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“He came through,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski told Withers. “He made some big plays throughout that drive, made big plays throughout the game. I know it wasn’t perfect at all times, but he came through when it mattered.”

Former Steelers safety Ryan Clark, now an analyst for ESPN, had criticism for his old team, calling it “disgraceful” that the offense didn’t execute while Thompson-Robinson led a game-winning drive.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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