Mistakes On The Lake – Steelers Lose 20-14 To Browns – Game Recap

The Pittsburgh Steelers turned the ball over 8 times on Sunday in Cleveland and were penalized 9 times to the tune of 68 yards in their 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Running backs Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, and Chris Rainey all lost fumbles in the game and third string quarterback Charlie Batch was intercepted 3 times as the Steelers now drop to 6-5 on the season.

The Steelers offense was putrid as they converted just 1 of 9 third down attempts in the game and the four greasy-handed running backs combined to rush for 49 yards on 20 attempts. The 8 total turnovers, and there could have been more, resulted in the the Browns scoring 17 of their 20 points in the game. The lone bright spot on offense was that Batch was only sacked once in the game on his way to a 20-of-34 performance good for only 197 yards passing.

The Steelers defense was often backed against the wall, but still allowed 2 touchdowns in the loss despite holding the Browns to just 158 yards passing. They did manage to sack Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden 4 times in the game with outside linebacker Jason Worilds getting credit for 2 of those. Worilds, who entered the game early after LaMarr Woodley left with an injured left ankle, was credited with 4 total tackles and a defensed pass in the loss.

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons led the defense with 10 combined tackles and returned a tipped pass by Brett Keisel 53 yards for a touchdown on the Browns opening offensive series of the game.

In addition to Woodley, right tackle Mike Adams also suffered an injured ankle and he was spotted in a walking boot following the game. Head coach Mike Tomlin would not speculate on either of the two injuries and said that he would know more on Tuesday. Rainey also suffered an injury late in the game but was not mentioned by Tomlin during his post game press conference.

The Steelers now will travel to Baltimore next week to face the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Lamarr56

    The worst game Iv’e seen the Steelers play for a long, long time.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Fat lady singing. After lost to Ravens, was this game even needed to know what we have.

  • Nobody does less with more than Tomlin. Between the penalities, turnovers, drops, lack of focus, Tomlin is the anti-coach of the year. He has consistently lost to teams that are way beneath their talent level.

  • JT

    The AFC really is poor this year, so they’re still well in the race for the wild card. But all the room for error is gone.

    Give Heath the start at QB next week. Best player left on offense. Charlie didn’t make partially bad choices, but he’s just got nothing left in the tank. Too many under thrown nd sailed balls.

  • JT

    Not singing, but she’s in the building. Ben will be back, and we still have another Bengal game. Wild Card is wide open.

  • Give Belichick the Steelers roster and they’d be 13-3 at worst.

  • awlcohen

    Just hope Tomlin (along with Ben claiming he is fine) doesn’t rush Ben back from this injury. Next thing we know Beachum misses a block on the Ravens and Ben is done for another 3 games.

    Really don’t understand how a team can have two terribly incapable backup QBs. It’s simply poor management by Colbert.

  • Coaches coach and players play. O-line is decimated, down to 3rd string QB, and starting RB’s can’t hold on to the ball.

  • Reader783

    2009 season all over again. Beat the best, lose to the worst.

  • What was Cowher’s last record in 2006 with his team? 8-8.

  • Reader783

    JT is right. The Wild Card is WIDE open in the AFC this year, especially since we hold the head to head with the Bengals. Forget the division, we need to make the playoffs and get healthy. If there is any silver lining, it’s that, at least in my opinion, we can’t be beat with the whole team healthy and playing.

  • Reader783

    We just need to get in at this point. If we can get healthy, we can make a run.

  • JT

    Byron is capable for the two series he can be healthy for a year.

  • Buccos9

    Colbert and maybe Tomlin, more so. It’s unacceptable to leave the team in the hands of a number 2 QB that has the slowest release in football and cannot stay healthy, and even worse to keep a number three QB who can no longer throw. I can understand now why they left Leftwich in the Ravens game with fractured ribs now that I have seen how bad Batch’s arm has become. This is not just lack of practice. He has NO arm. Was this not apparent in training camp and preseason? How can they justify having kept Batch over a younger QB or a free agent? Maybe Tomlin likes having somebody in his age bracket to chat with on the sideline. You can’t blame the fumbles on Tomlin, but you can blame him for an extremely poor decision on backup QBs.

  • Matt Lipner

    Please let this team be “that team” that gets healthy and clicking at the exact right time. Packers 2010, Giants 2011, Steelers 2012???

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Yep. The plays Charlie’s arm couldnt throw it hard enuff, ball bounced off back of defenders head unstead of reached our reciever, why didnt Haley know Charlie’s maximum distance in practice before calling a play that had no chance with a weak arm?