The Pittsburgh Steelers and the new-look Cleveland Browns went head-to-head to kick off the 2018 regular season, and while the Steelers have owned the Browns since they re-entered the league, this Hue Jackson-led group was destined to write a new chapter in the rivalry’s history.
With the weather less-than-ideal for both teams, the Browns were given the choice to take the opening kickoff, or defer to the second half, and they chose to take the first possession of the 3rd quarter rather than start the game on offense.
After an opening drive three-and-out for Ben Roethlisberger and company, Tyrod Taylor was able to convert two third downs, one on 3rd-and-13, but the drive ended in a Britton Colquitt punt.
With both team exchanging punts on their second possessions, the Steelers were finally able to put together a drive and move into Cleveland territory for the first time of the game; however, after a big completion to JuJu Smith-Schuster to put the Steelers in the red-zone, Roethlisberger was intercepted by Denzel Ward for the first turnover of the game.
After the Pittsburg defense forced a punt, the Steelers’ offense has the ball in Cleveland territory at the end of the first quarter.