Oct. 01, 2019
Steelers defense comes alive in rout of Browns
Before coming into week 11, the Steelers had the second fewest sacks in the league. That all changed on Sunday. The defense got to both Cody Kessler, who left the game and did not return, and Josh McCown for a total of 8 times. In the process, James Harrison became the Steelers all-time sack leader with 77.5, passing former linebacker Jason Gildon, who ironically wore #92 as well. Rookie CB Artie Burns was able to pick off Kessler for his second of the season.
The defense was able to find the endzone too. Rookie DE Javon Hargrave, who is taking the spot of the injured Cam Heyward, recovered a fumble in the endzone after the Steelers 5th sack of the game. Despite Markus Wheaton being placed on IR, and with Darius Heyward-Bey out of action, the offense still looked good. Ben Roethlis berger was 23/36 and threw for 167 yards. The only touchdown came from LeVeon Bell, after 2 un-timed downs at the end of the first half. Bell rushed for 146 yards on 28 carries. Cleveland's only touchdown came from Gary Barnidge, who caught a 14 yard pass from Josh McCown.
With Baltimore losing to Dallas, The Steelers and Ravens are now tied for first place in the AFC North with their next meeting coming on Christmas Day in Pittsburgh. The Steelers will travel to Indy to meet the Colts for a prime-time Thanksgiving showdown at 8:30.