Statistically, the Steelers should be far more competitive than they have been after two quarters of play. They're not, though. Trailing 21-3 after two quarters of play, it looks bleak, to put it mildly.
A run-heavy game plan yielded 92 yards on 22 carries, with distribution going to Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer. A 3-for-8 clip on third down isn't helping, particularly considering a bizarre game plan for third and short situations. A team designed to run the ball is the same team having success running the ball, but runs aren't coming on third downs.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not throwing well, and it's clear he's not on the same page with his receivers.
Meanwhile, Cleveland is hitting on big plays, and stopping the Steelers on third down. That's all teams need sometimes.
The Browns won't need to do much more, considering how dysfunctional the Steelers' offense looks, and how a secondary that improved steadily last week took another big step backward.
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