The weather in Cleveland is typically lousy for football. Cold, wind and precipitation usually dominate the forecast, but for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns Week 1 contest, the weather was absolutely gorgeous.
This Week 1 contest had several story lines coming into the game. How would rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer hold up in his first NFL regular season start? Le’Veon Bell’s return to the team after sitting out the entire preseason. The high-flying Pittsburgh offense as good as the hype? And of course the Steelers defense being able to improve to the point of near domination.
With the preseason in the rear view mirror, the players took the field to let their football do the talking. After the Steelers deferred their possession to the second half, it meant the Browns started the game with the opening possession; however, that possession would be short lived.
After a quick three-and-out, Tyler Matakevich knifed through the line of scrimmage to block the punt, which was recovered by Anthony Chickillo for the Pittsburgh touchdown. Just like that, the Steelers were up 7-0 and the Pittsburgh offense hadn’t even seen the field yet.
What a way to start the regular season.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 10, 2017
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The Pittsburgh offense did very little on the penalty-plagued opening drive, and gave the ball right back to Cleveland. On their second possession DeShone Kizer was able to take time off the clock as he drove the Browns down the field and capped it off with a rushing touchdown to tie the game.
That ended the first quarter. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the Week 1 contest.