Jacoby Brissett and Nick Chubb power Browns past Steelers

It wasn’t great at times, but Jaoby Brissett and the Cleveland Browns got past the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

The Browns, thanks to a long clutch touchdown to start the fourth quarter and then a last-second defensive touchdown, held on to beat the Steelers 29-17 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The win both gives them a leg up on a division rival and erases last week’s late loss to the New York Jets.

Brissett went 21 of 31 for 220 yards and threw for two touchdowns in the win in what was arguably his best performance replacing Deshaun Watson as the Browns starter. Running back Nick Chubb also had 113 yards on 21 carries and also scored a touchdown in his second 100-yard game of the season.

“Jacoby is a dog man,” Chubb said on Amazon Prime Video after the win. “He’s a great leader for us, he’s vocal, he’s a playmaker. We need a game, he’s going to do it for us.

With a two-point lead to start the fourth quarter, Brissett and Chubb led the Browns downfield on an 11-play, 80-yard drive to eventually separate them from the Steelers. Chubb handled almost the entire ground run, save for a 32-yard deep throw to Amari Cooper.

The Steelers got a basket after a promising late drive, their first in some time, and got the ball back in the dying seconds inside their own five-yard line. That final game failed miserably, however, and Denzel Ward recovered a fumble in the end zone after several laterals to give Cleveland their 12-point victory.

Brissett was busy in the first half and found the end zone twice while racking up 134 yards – first to Cooper for an 11-yard score, then again to David Njoku for a seven-yard throw. They would have been level at the break except for a missed extra point.

But it was Steelers receiver George Pickens who stole the show in the half and kept Pittsburgh right in it. Pickens downed what could easily be the catch of the season with his extended one-handed hold in the first quarter, which set up their first touchdown of the night.

Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky then ran in another to give them the lead at the break.

Outside of those killer drives, however, the Steelers struggled to get much on offense, especially in the second half. They had two consecutive three-and-outs on both sides of Cleveland’s fourth-quarter touchdown before Trubisky finally put them in scoring position again. However, they had to settle for a field goal and then miss the kick in play to consolidate their loss.

“If you can’t slow down Chubb, you can’t beat this group… We have to own the result, and we will,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “So there’s not much to say. We have to watch this tape and learn and improve, and improve very quickly.”

Trubisky finished the night throwing 19 of 31 for 209 yards and had a rushing touchdown. Najee Harris, who scored the other touchdown for Pittsburgh, had 56 rushing yards on 15 carries. The Steelers have now lost two straight after last week’s loss to the New England Patriots.

Jacoby Brissett and the Browns fended off a late comeback to erase last week’s late loss to the Jets on Thursday night. (Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Browns LB Anthony Walker got fired

Browns linebacker Anthony Walker was ejected from the field in the third quarter after being shot in the face and then having his leg put down.

Walker was pinned down by Chukwuma Okorafor, who then jumped on top of him to hold him down. While Walker was on the ground, Steelers lineman James Daniels was seen stepping on his leg accidentally.

Walker was then put in a cart with an aircast on his leg and taken off the field. He didn’t come back. The details of his injury are not yet known and the team ruled him out with a knee injury. Coach Kevin Stefanski later said he sprained his knee.

Walker had a team-high six total tackles when he went down. The 27-year-old, who is in his second season with the Browns, had seven total tackles in their first two games of the season.