By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
Pittsburgh 33 – Browns 18
It was an emotional day, to say the least for the Pittsburgh fans. Still coming to grips with the shooting at the Pittsburgh Synagogue, Steelers fans filled up the stadium for a game against division foe Cleveland Browns.
Coming off of the bye, and a come from behind win against the Bengals, the Steelers were looking to pick up where they left off. That was the thought anyway. The Steeler defense was a little bit sleepy in the first few possessions. The Browns were able to pretty much do what they wanted on the opening drive, but it stalled and had to kick a field goal.
A couple of series later, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception. Thankfully it wasn’t a pick six, but yeah, it was a slow start. Finally, Roethlisberger was able to connect with wide receiver Antonio Brown and get the scoring party started. Sort of.
WR Stevan Ridley fumbled in the opening drive of the second quarter. The Browns were able to recover but didn’t score. After a Browns safety, a Pittsburgh special teams error, followed by a Cleveland touchdown, the Steelers were finally able to kick it in gear.
Propelled by a record-breaking performance by running back James Conner, and some lights out defensive play, the Steelers were able to pull away with the win.
The Steel Deal: This week, the honor will go to James Conner. He’s gotten a lot of love, and rightfully so. He’s putting up some impressive numbers. In this game, he had 24 carries for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was the 4th game this season where Conner had over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Conner has been pretty impressive, and it’s fun to watch him. Going to be very interesting when RB Le’Veon Bell comes back. Honorable mention to the Steelers offensive line for helping Conner be able to do his thing.
James Conner has four 100-plus rushing and two-TD games this year. Le’Veon Bell has three, for his career.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 28, 2018
James Conner is the first RB in #Steelers history to have 3 straight games with 2+ rush TD
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 28, 2018
Not The Steel Deal: Wide receiver Ryan Switzer. After the Browns had a safety, he didn’t field the free kick. The Browns recovered at Pittsburgh’s 24-yard line, which allowed a score. Switzer did admit that he didn’t know the rules regarding this. While I’m sure he won’t make that mistake again, it’s really not acceptable that he wasn’t aware of the rule. You have to know the rules, it’s your job.
Ryan Switzer admitted after the game he didn’t know the rules on the free kick. #Steelers ST Coordinator Danny Smith better start going over these things. Two free kick blunders this half season.
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) October 28, 2018
Next Up: The first place Steelers head to Baltimore to take care of business against the Ravens. The Ravens are faltering right about now, having come off of a loss to the Carolina Panthers. Will the Steelers take advantage of the Ravens defense that allowed over 350 yards of total offense to the Panthers? Can James Conner continue to run amok?
We’ll find out next week.
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