Week 6 . . . Steelers @ Browns
Run the ball and stop the run. That’s been a winning formula in the NFL since the league was founded and that is exactly what the Browns did. Cleveland running backs combined on 38 carries for 158 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Brian Hoyer attempted 17 passes connecting on only 8 of them but those 8 completions went for 217 yards and 1 touchdown. Cleveland spotted the Steelers a 3 point lead in the 1st quarter and then went on to register 31 unanswered points. The Steelers finally got into the end zone with a TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Lance Moore with only 2:45 left in the game.
The game was literally over by half time and the Dawg Pound ate it up. But, the dominant win came at a severe cost. Center Alex Mack suffered a broken leg and DE Armonty Bryant suffered a knee injury during the game and both would be lost for the season.
The effect of losing Mack would become apparent in the coming weeks and the loss of Bryant depleted an already thin group of defensive linemen.
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Next up – Week 7; The Jacksonville Jaguars