1:00 p.m. ET
48 degrees, rain
Key Decision #1: (PIT ball, leading 7-6 / fourth-and-1, CLE 3 / 0:15 Q2)
• Pittsburgh has all its timeouts left. They choose to go for it, converting and ultimately scoring a TD that gives the Steelers a 14-6 lead at halftime.
• It worked out for Pittsburgh this time, but we did not favor that decision by Mike Tomlin. The Steelers had not played well offensively in the first half. They were getting the ball first in the second half, so settling for a FG here and taking a 10-6 halftime lead before getting the ball first in the third quarter would not have been a bad call.
• The Browns opened up this game with more energy than the Steelers and had QB Baker Mayfield getting the ball out quick for successful results. The Browns should continue with this; their OL just isn’t consistent with the slower developing plays.
• Pittsburgh continues to be much more aggressive on defense this year with its blitz packages.
• Pittsburgh made good key adjustments at halftime; they came out with much better tempo and energy in the second half, and found better balance with RB James Conner getting touches in the ground game.