Fans: victory at Browns home opener came off the field, not on

T.J. Watt's first regular season test Getting past Joe Thomas

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was very complimentary of the Cleveland Browns defense after Pittsburgh snuck out of Cleveland with a 21-18 win to start the season. As the younger brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, expectations are already sky-high, and he'll inevitably be compared to his older brother, at least at the beginning of his career. Kizer led the Browns on a 12-play, 68-yard drive that was enabled by Sean Davis' pass interference penalty on third down that put the ball at the Steelers 3.

The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly made a reasonable contract offer to Le'Veon Bell before the deadline for franchise tagged players passed, but the star running back wants to blow the market for his position out of the water.

Kizer completed 20 of 30 passes for 222 yards, one touchdown and an interception. That's when Watt came up with a huge play, intercepting Kizer and returning it 17 yards. The ball deflected to Brown, and he turned it into a weaving 50-yard gain.

The Browns wouldn't go away, though. Will be re-evaluated and more informaiton on Tuesday.




James Conner said Thursday that while he and Bell split reps evenly in practice, he expects Bell will start and get most of the carries in Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at FirstEnergy Stadium. Tyler Matakavich blocked Britton Colquit's punt.

Scoring Play: Ben Roethlisberger four-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James.

On second and goal from the Pittsburgh one-yard line, Kizer took the snap, ran around left tackle and muscled his way into the end zone for his first career touchdown. Bryant caught two of six passes targeted to him for 14 yards.

DeShone Kizer played a clean game despite taking a beating.

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