Browns slam rival Steelers in decisive home win


The Browns got the best of Ben Roethlisberger for just the second time ever with a decisive 31-10 win over the Steelers. Here's what you need to know:

1. Ben Roethlisberger rolled into Cleveland with an 18-1 career record against the long-wandering Browns, but Mike Pettine's team buried the past on Sunday with a super-rare rout that saw Pittsburgh outshined in every phase of the game. Since falling behind Pittsburgh 27-3 in the opener, the Browns have since outscored the Steelers 55-13.

2. Looking dead on arrival in the first quarter, Cleveland's offense shook off a 3-0 deficit to score 31 straight points off the power of a clock-chewing ground game and just enough big plays from Brian Hoyer. The Browns quarterback completed just eight passes, but made throws of 51, 31, 31, 24 and 17 yards.

3. Hoyer promised Jordan Cameron would enjoy a big game on the heels of his quiet September. The Pro Bowl tight end delivered with a 42-yard catch that set up Cleveland's first touchdown before hauling in a 51-yard scoring strike to pad a lead the Browns would never lose.

4. The Steelers ran the ball on 15 of 18 plays in the first quarter, the most for Pittsburgh in an opening period since 2004. Le'Veon Bell lashed the Browns in the opener, but the Steelers looked elsewhere Sunday with 42 pass attempts for Big Ben. For the Browns, Ben Tate worked in tandem with intriguing rookie Isaiah Crowell to pound out 155 yards at 4.3 yards per clip. Rookie Terrance West was a healthy scratch.

5. Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack was carted away in the second quarter with an air cast wrapped around his left leg. It's a huge loss for Cleveland's run-heavy offense:

6. Antonio Brown came into Week 6 with five-plus catches and 50-plus yards in 21 straight games. He kept that streak alive with 118 yards off seven grabs against a Browns secondary that asked Joe Haden to track the Steelers wideout all day long.

7. Cleveland's injury-riddled defensive line went to work on Sunday minus Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin and Billy Winn before losing promising second-year end Armonty Bryant in the first half. Credit goes to a cast of second- and third-stringers who kept the Steelers at bay on the ground.

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