Thursday Night Football Recap Week 14

The Thursday night game took us to Cleveland for a bitter rivalry that has been one-sided this decade between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers have been reeling, losing four straight, and the Browns are just looking for… something. Let’s go to the recap

Pittsburgh 6, Cleveland 13- How the mighty have fallen. Five weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers were a good pick to repeat for a Super Bowl, and now they are for the most part finished. The Browns sacked Ben Roethlisberger eight times, and Chris Jennings, activated from the practice squad, scored on a 10-yard run, and the Browns beat the Steelers at home for the first time since 2000, and snapped a 12-game losing streak against their bitter rivals. The Steelers have lost five straight for the first time in six years, and the statement Mike Tomlin made about “unleashing hell in December” has really gone to mute. The Browns had nothing to play for but pride, and they showed up, and put the intensity on defense and limiting the defending champs to two field goals along with a methodical offense, using a no-huddle and wearing the Steelers out on defense. Roethlisberger threw for 201 yards, but his fourth quarter pass attempt to Santonio Holmes was knocked down by David Bowens to seal the deal. Cleveland outgained Pittsburgh 255-216 on offense, and the Steelers lost 60 yards on the eight sacks by the Browns of Big Ben.

The Steelers are in trouble, a game and half behind the Jaguars for the final AFC Wild Card spot, and are reeling after five straight losses, with three of those teams (KC, Oakland, and Cleveland) having a combined record of 9-28. The in-fighting among the team may be “quiet”, but it has to be coming up now. This team is in disarray and it looks as if “hell” has been unleashed on them. The Browns, meanwhile, may have a bad season, but beating the Steelers is as gratifying as a winning season. Steelers (6-7), Browns (2-11)

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