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Steelers vs. Browns score: Live updates, news, highlights and analysis

Week 3 of the NFL season kicks off tonight when the Browns host the Steelers. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET and the game is exclusively streaming on Amazon Prime Video and NFL+ in the U.S. Check in with The Athletic for all the latest news, reaction and anal

September 22, 2022 at 8:47 PM EDT

Amari Cooper finds the end zone for the second consecutive week.

No Browns wide receiver had touchdowns in back-to-back games all of last season.

Jason Starrett
Jason Starrett·

Deputy Managing Editor, College Football

September 22, 2022 at 8:46 PM EDT

Browns RB Nick Chubb has been a major factor

Per Next Gen Stats, Nick Chubb is averaging 7.87 yards after contact in this game so far. It was key to the Browns scoring drive and is largely due to inept tackling by the Steelers secondary.

Browns lead 7-0.

KC Joyner
KC Joyner

September 22, 2022 at 8:43 PM EDT

Amari Cooper puts the Browns on the board

Tackling Nick Chubb is very hard. Steelers DBs Ahkello Witherspoon and Minkah Fitzpatrick both missed on that 36-yard run, and Chubb might have scored if not for running into teammate Donovan Peoples-Jones. Instead, the Browns score two plays later, as Amari Cooper beats Terrell Edmunds on a slant.

David DeChant
David DeChant·

Staff Editor, News

September 22, 2022 at 8:38 PM EDT

Wind, wind, go away

The Next Gen Stats formula says the Steelers were mistaken to kick the field goal there and the miss makes it look like the computer was correct on this one.

The Athletic NFL Staff
The Athletic NFL Staff

First 4th down decision @nextgenstats 4th down decision guide says GO by 2.3%

Math says 42% chance to convert first down. 50% chance to make FG

By missing FG the Browns now have good field position to get tonight's first score.

— Prime Video Sports Analytics & Insights (@PVSportsStats) September 23, 2022

September 22, 2022 at 8:34 PM EDT

Low scoring affair

This game is just as much of a low scoring slugfest as expected so far, as on the game’s three drives so far there have been 12 plays for 27 yards, two first downs and three punts.

KC Joyner
KC Joyner

September 22, 2022 at 8:33 PM EDT

Early Pittsburgh pressure

Larry Ogunjobi gets the first sack of his Steelers tenure to end the Browns' drive on third-and-1. Alex Highsmith, who jumped offside moments earlier on third-and-6, also got pressure on the play after lining up off the ball on the interior. Now the Steelers are set up with great field position after Miles Killebrew tips the punt.

Steelers get home to sack Jacoby Brissett and force a Browns’ three-and-out.

The early pressure on Brissett is a good sign for Pittsburgh as the Steelers were one of only three defenses held without a sack last week (also Dolphins and Colts).

The Athletic NFL Staff
The Athletic NFL Staff

September 22, 2022 at 8:27 PM EDT

The grind-it-out game continues

As Pittsburgh gains only 18 yards on four plays before punting but Steelers fans can take solace in that Mitch Trubisky threw a deep pass on that drive. Maybe the Steelers are going to rely more on deep passes this week than they have thus far this year.

KC Joyner
KC Joyner

September 22, 2022 at 8:24 PM EDT

Bad omen for Browns?

In the last 15 meetings with the Steelers, the Browns are 3-0 when they score an opening-drive touchdown.

They’re 0-11-1 in games in which they failed to do so.

Jason Starrett
Jason Starrett·

Deputy Managing Editor, College Football

September 22, 2022 at 8:22 PM EDT

Stick to the plan

It’s odd Cleveland got away from the run, as they gained 14 yards on two runs to start the game then gained zero yards on three passes and had to punt.

KC Joyner
KC Joyner

September 22, 2022 at 8:20 PM EDT

Browns safety Ronnie Harrison suffered a pregame injury

Harrison has three tackles and a half sack through the first two games

Zac Jackson
Zac Jackson·

Staff Writer, Browns

Ronnie Harrison suffered a pregame hamstring injury. Team says his game status is questionable.

— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) September 23, 2022

September 22, 2022 at 8:18 PM EDT

Cavaliers' new SG Donovan Mitchell is in the building

At least Cleveland didn’t do anything to The Terrible Towel.

The Athletic NFL Staff
The Athletic NFL Staff

September 22, 2022 at 8:17 PM EDT

Browns get the ball first

The Steelers won the toss and deferred. Cleveland gets the ball first. It’s game time.

KC Joyner
KC Joyner

September 22, 2022 at 8:13 PM EDT

Steelers CB Ahkello Witherspoon could be challenged often

Look for Steelers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon to be targeted early and often in this contest, as he has allowed 12 completions on 16 targets this year for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Each of those metrics is unacceptable and will make Witherspoon a primary part of Cleveland’s passing plans.

KC Joyner
KC Joyner

September 22, 2022 at 8:08 PM EDT

Rookie Alex Wright replacing Jadeveon Clowney

Rookie edge Alex Wright is set to start in place of the injured Jadeveon Clowney for the Browns tonight. Clowney is inactive with an ankle injury.

On offense, starting RT Jack Conklin is expected to make his season debut after missing the first two games while recovering from a torn patellar tendon suffered last season.

Zac Jackson
Zac Jackson·

Staff Writer, Browns

As expected, Wright is the announced starter in Clowney's place.

Warmups: Conklin is the first RT in all the lines.

— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) September 22, 2022

September 22, 2022 at 8:06 PM EDT

Differing levels of success with temporary QB solutions

These are two teams attempting to succeed with below-average, band-aid solutions at quarterback. So far, the Browns have been far more successful than Pittsburgh. Though Jacoby Brissett is averaging just 6.2 yards per attempt while completing 65.6 percent of passes — the sort of numbers you’d expect from a journeyman backup filling in — the Browns rank fourth in expected points added per drive (1.15) and sixth in actual points per drive (2.67).

Their running game has been able to carry them on offense. The Steelers, on the other hand, rank 26th in points per drive (1.3) and 27th in EPA per drive (-0.70). Pittsburgh has run for first downs on just 20.5 percent of its carries — tied for the 21-lowest rate in the league. Cleveland ranks fourth in that same category, at 30.3 percent.

Aaron Reiss
Aaron Reiss·

Staff Editor, NFL

September 22, 2022 at 7:59 PM EDT

How to watch Steelers-Browns on Thursday Night Football

The Browns (1-1) host the Steelers (1-1) on Thursday night in the first AFC North matchup for both teams.

Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET with the game exclusively streaming on Amazing Prime Video and NFL+ in the U.S.

The complete Week 3 schedule with TV/streaming details can be found here.

The Athletic NFL Staff
The Athletic NFL Staff

September 22, 2022 at 7:59 PM EDT

SlugFest

Online sportsbooks expect this to be one of the lowest scoring games of the week, as the over/under for this contest at BetMGM is now 37.5 points. That makes this matchup one of only two Week 3 games with an over/under of less than 40 points, joining the Dallas-NY Giants Monday Night Football game at 39 points.

KC Joyner
KC Joyner

September 22, 2022 at 7:51 PM EDT

DeFabo: What I'm watching for the Steelers against the Browns tonight

I'm keeping my eye on the Browns' run game versus the Steelers' run defense. At least in theory, it looks like a massive mismatch. Virtually since the moment Kevin Stefanski took the reins and implemented his zone-blocking scheme, the Browns have boasted a top-five rushing attack. Meanwhile, the Steelers had the NFL’s worst run defense last year, ranking dead last in yards allowed per game (146) and per carry (4.99).

However, somewhat surprisingly, the Steelers' defense held Cleveland under 100 rushing yards in both meetings last season, which represented two of the Browns’ five worst rushing outputs of the season.

As the two AFC North rivals prepare for Thursday night, there’s one big question mark: the absence of T.J. Watt. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year was a force against the Browns last year, racking up 5.5 sacks, eight QB hits and 11 tackles. Can the Steelers replicate their success from last season with their most-important piece missing?

Mike DeFabo
Mike DeFabo·

Staff Writer, NFL

September 22, 2022 at 7:51 PM EDT

Brownie the Elf

Brownie the Elf has at least one fan in Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Athletic NFL Staff
The Athletic NFL Staff

September 22, 2022 at 7:44 PM EDT

Jackson: What I'm watching for the Browns against the Steelers tonight

The Browns are really good with their early-game offensive scripts, and if they can grab an early lead and keep the crowd engaged it feels like their defense will get a boost.

If the Browns don't score early or give up a big play early, maybe some doubt will set in after last week’s defensive breakdowns. Nothing Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers have done in the season's first two weeks say the Steelers are capable of putting 24 or 28 points on the board, but the Browns’ inability to close games has been a problem — and last week was devastating enough that it's fair to wonder about the defense’s psyche and confidence level tonight.

Zac Jackson
Zac Jackson·

Staff Writer, Browns

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