Steelers stay perfect, blow out Mayfield, Browns 38-7

James Conner ran for 101 yards and a landing and the Pittsburgh Steelers battered the Cleveland Browns in a 38-7 blowout victory

PITTSBURGH — Now not but Cleveland. No less than, no longer in Pittsburgh.

James Conner ran for 101 yards and a landing and the Steelers battered the Browns in a 38-7 blowout victory on Sunday to make stronger to Five-Zero for the primary time since 1978. Ben Roethlisberger added 162 yards passing and a rating.

Pittsburgh emphatically ended Cleveland’s four-game successful streak and prolonged the Browns’ skid at Heinz Box to 17 and counting.

The Browns (Four-2) had been not able to get anything else going towards a protection that sacked aching Baker Mayfield 4 occasions, picked him off two times and chased him past due within the 3rd quarter with the sport out of achieve. The NFL’s most sensible dashing offense controlled 75 yards at the floor — 113 under its season moderate — because the Steelers ruled each side of the road of scrimmage in simply their best possible efficiency in 2020.

Protection Minkah Fitzpatrick stepped in entrance of a Mayfield move and raced 33 yards to the top zone fors an early 10-Zero lead. The Browns, off to the franchise’s best possible get started since 1994, by no means in point of fact recovered in a stadium the place they have not gained since Mayfield was once in fundamental faculty.

Mayfield spent a portion of the week nursing a rib damage however mentioned he was once going to be just right to move as a result of “mama did not carry no wuss.” Perhaps, however Mayfield stood little probability towards Pittsburgh’s relentless power. His moment interception arrange Roethlisberger’s ridiculously simple 28-yard landing throw to James Washington past due in the second one quarter. That gave the Steelers a 24-Zero merit they by no means flirted with making a gift of.

Mayfield completed 10 of 18 for 119 yards and a landing to move with the 2 interceptions. First-year Cleveland trainer Kevin Stefanski pulled Mayfield past due within the 3rd quarter after a Three-yard landing run via Pittsburgh rookie extensive receiver Chase Claypool put the Steelers up 31-7.

GARRETT/RUDOLPH REDUX

Cleveland defensive finish Myles Garrett predicted a “blank” recreation in his first motion towards the Steelers since his unpleasant battle with quarterback Mason Rudolph closing November, a recreation that ended with Garrett receiving an indefinite suspension after ripping off Rudolph’s helmet after which swinging it at him.

Garrett did get his AFC-leading 7th sack with a takedown of Roethlisberger past due in the second one quarter and play on each side was once decidedly tame. Whilst Rudolph did substitute Roethlisberger halfway during the fourth quarter, via then Garrett was once at the sideline. The 2 didn’t seem to have interaction all over the postgame handshake.

INJURIES

The Steelers won a doubtlessly huge blow to their protection when second-year within linebacker Devin Bush left in the second one quarter with a left knee damage. Bush, who had no longer ignored a defensive snap all season, perceived to take a clumsy step whilst making an attempt to get a divorce a move.

UP NEXT

Browns: will try to sweep the season sequence from in-state rival Cincinnati after they seek advice from the Bengals subsequent Sunday. Cleveland captured the primary assembly 35-30 at house on Sept. 17.

Steelers: start a three-game highway swing on Sunday after they seek advice from the Titans. The sport was once initially scheduled for Oct. Four prior to being moved whilst Tennessee handled a COVID-19 outbreak.

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