Browns-Steelers: Game Notebook

Items from the reporter's notebook during the Browns 31-28 loss to Pittsburgh

Items from the reporter's notebook during the Browns 31-28 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers... 

First Game Turnaround: The Browns committed five turnovers, allowed six sacks and scored just seven points in the first game with the Steelers. In the second game, the Browns scored 28 points, had one turnover and gave up no sacks.

Red Zone: In the first half, the Browns were 3-of-3 in the red zone scoring touchdowns, while the Steelers were 3-of-3 in the red zone scoring field goals to make the difference 21-9. The Steelers turned the Lewis turnover into a touchdown to give Pittsburgh their first touchdown in the red zone.

Romeo's Challenge: It has been well documented that Romeo Crennel has not been very successful at challenging calls. He had just one overturned call this season, but he challenged the call that WR Braylon Edwards was out of bounds in the second quarter. The play was overturned and the Browns had their third touchdown.

Romeo's Bad Challenge: Crennel challenged the Steelers' final touchdown and lost, costing the Browns two timeouts. It was crucial as the Browns could have had 30 more seconds at the end of the game instead of having to opt for a 53-yard field goal.

Braylon's Ten: WR Braylon Edwards caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season. He is the first Browns' receiver since 1969 to have 10 touchdowns in one season. Gary Collins had 11 and Paul Warfield had 10 that season.

Big Sacks: LB Antwan Peek had the Browns' only sack, but it was a big one as it thwarted the Steelers from scoring a touchdown at the end of the first half. DL Ethan Kelley was able to sack Roethlisberger in the third quarter, as was DL Robaire Smith. DB Eric Wright sacked Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter on a cornerback blitz.

Road Warriors: Steelers came into the game 4-0 at home and giving up an average of just 6.5 points per game.The Browns scored 21 in the first half. The Browns were just 1-2 on the road.

Dandy Andy: QB Derek Anderson threw three more touchdown passes to give him 20 on the season. It is the most since Bernie Kosar threw for 22 in 1987.

Brodney's Pick: S Brodney Pool made a nice play and interception on a pass intended for WR Santonio Holmes in the second quarter. The Browns took over at the Steelers' 18 and . It was Pool's first interception of the season and the Browns' eighth.

Good Start: The Browns struggling defense started with a three-and-out on the Steelers' first possession. The Steelers had RB Willie Parker run twice for seven yards, but then the Browns were able to stop WR Santonio Holmes on a reverse short of the first down.

Good Start 2: The offense took the punt from the Steelers and put together a 16-yard drive for a touchdown. TE Kellen Winslow caught four passes for 33 yards, including a touchdown on the drive. Anderson had been a slow starter the past several weeks, but the Browns were able to score touchdowns on their first two possessions against the Steelers.

Mr. Third Down: WR Joe Jurevicius continues to be the go to guy on third down for the Browns. On the Browns first series, QB Derek Anderson hit Jurevicius for a short catch, but Jurevicius was able to extend to get the first down. Jurevicius caught another crucial third down pass to take the ball to the Steelers' 14 later on the first drive.

Tucker at Guard: With RG Seth McKinney being placed on injured reserve on Saturday, Ryan Tucker started at right guard in his place. Eric Steinbach was able to start at LG after missing practice with a back strain during the week.

Special Teams: Talk during the week was the special teams could make the difference in the game and they certainly helped the Browns. Joshua Cribbs' 90-yard kickoff return to the Steelers' three set up their second touchdown. P Dave Zastudil's first punt inside the 10 and a nice tackle by DB Mike Adams forced the Steelers to start from inside their own 10 in the second quarter.


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