Steeler Nation, the Steelers kicked off the 2014 NFL season by defeating division foes the Cleveland Browns 30-27.The game was a tale of two halves as the Steelers came out strong on both sides of the ball and took a 27-3 lead into halftime.
The Browns came back to tie things up 27-27 late in the game as the Steelers fell flat most of the second half.The Steelers did manage to pull things together when it was needed and got the win with a last second field goal .
Lets now take a look at The Good,The Bad, & The Ugly of the Steelers 30-27 victory over the Browns.
The Steelers began the game on fire jumping out to a big 27-3 lead and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was a huge part of that great start. Roethlisberger had his best career first half stats completing 16 of 22 of his first half passes for 278 yards and a touchdown.The touchdown pass to Antonio Brown was classic Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger was clutch when it counted completing passes to set up the game winning field goal. He ended the game passing 23-34 for 365 yards 1 interception and a touchdown for a quarterback rating of 100.7.
Speaking of Antonio Brown, Brown picked up where he left off in 2013 catching 5 passes for 116 yards including a 35 yard touchdown catch.Brown is the Steelers most consistent receiving threat and looks as good as ever.
Wide receiver Markus Wheaton stepped up and proved he is very capable of filling the Steelers number two receiver slot making 6 catches for 97 yards. Wheaton also came through with a clutch catch that help set up the Steelers winning field goal. Wheaton looks like everything the Steelers had hoped for when drafting him in 2013.
The player of the game had to be running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell ended the game with 21 carries for 109 rushing yards and a touchdown. He averaged 5.2 yards a carry and also had 6 catches for 88 yards. His 38 yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty.Bell is the most versatile runner the Steelers have had in many years and will be a key player in this offenses success.
The bottom line is the Steelers played a great half of football and came up with the big plays at the end to get the win when it counted.
The Steelers let the Cleveland Browns back into this game after taking a 27-3 lead in the first half. As good as they played in the first half , they played just as bad on both sides of the ball in the second half.The defense could not get off the field most of the second half and made costly penalties at crucial times.They also failed to get a single turnover ,missing out on a few takeaway opportunities.
The offense sputtered most of the second half as the offensive line seemed to decline as the game went on,giving up 4 sacks during the game.
The Steelers showed some promise but need to show better consistency on both side of the ball to be a successful team moving forward.
The Steelers giving up a 27-3 lead in the second half was plenty ugly but none of that would have happened if the Steelers run defense would have not played such an ugly game. The Steelers run defense gave up 183 total rushing yards and a horrible 6.1 yards a carry average to the Browns even after they lost starting running back Ben Tate. The Steelers can not give up almost 200 yards rushing and a mind blowing 6.1 yards a run in a game and expect to win. This must be corrected quickly or things will get really ugly real fast.
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