How good does a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers feel? Beating the Steelers is like going to the Super Bowl for the Browns. Not only did the Browns win, they dominated, winning 31-10 on Sunday in Cleveland.
A rivalry that may have been dead the last few years may just come back to life. This win proved the Browns are not the same old team from the past. Improvement could be seen on all sides of the ball and fans have a reason to be pleased.
Prior to this game, many knew the Browns had many key injuries and the odds of winning seemed slim. This game didn’t come down to the final seconds and fans really never had to sit on the edge of their seat.
The offense may have struggled early as at the end of the first quarter, the offense had minus-8 yards of offense. Thankfully this struggle was short-lived and the offense really came alive and never let up.
Jordan Cameron deserves a lot of credit. He has really stepped up and is making big plays as he caught a 51-yard pass for a touchdown on a third down play. He also caught a 42-yard pass to setup a five-yard touchdown run by Isiah Crowell.
Establishing a running game has not really happened for the Browns this season. Crowell managed to find gaps in the defense on Sunday and pick up some yardage. Crowell finished with 11 rushes for 77 yards. Ben Tate also had a good game with 25 rushes for 78 yards.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer may have had one of his best performances finishing 8 of 17 for 217 yards. Hoyer managed to make big plays and connect with receivers at critical points. He is really starting to prove he is the starting quarterback and should continue leading the offense as he is now 5-2 in games he has played all four quarters.
This win over the Steelers was a total team effort. The Browns got the job done on all sides of the ball and it showed on the scoreboard at the end of the game. The defense made big plays limiting the Steelers to only one touchdown and the touchdown did not happen until late in the fourth quarter. The special teams made big plays and did not turn the ball over, which is huge.
The record stands at 3-2 and most would say easier times are ahead for at least the next few weeks. Jacksonville, Oakland and Tampa Bay are the next three opponents and if the Browns can play anything like they did against the Steelers, these games will be easy wins.
Could a 6-2 Browns team could be in the making in three weeks? Sure seems possible at this point considering the Browns have not lost a game by more than three points.
There is no point in worrying about the future of the season as fans should enjoy this win and finally feel really good about the Cleveland Browns moving forward.
Eric Poston is a reporter and columnist for Poston News. Email him firstname.lastname@example.org