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One week in and the Browns are still undefeated. Verfasst am: Beitrag 09:16 Mi - Nov 21, 2018

Now that's progress.Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers Youth Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey , who prevented the Browns from getting their first victory since 2016 when linebacker T.J. Watt blocked Zane Gonzalez's 43-yard field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left in OT.The Steelers, who blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, also wasted their chance to escape with a win when Chris Boswell was wide left on a 42-yard field-goal attempt with 1:44 remaining in the extra period.It was the NFL's first tie in Week 1 since 1971 and the league's first overall since Washington and Cincinnati ended in a 27-27 deadlock on Oct. 30, 2016."If you don't win," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, "it feels like a loss."The Browns remain winless since Dec. 24, 2016, but at least they have a positive after going 0-16 last season, just the second team in league history to lose all 16 games.Pittsburgh committed six turnovers, including a strip-sack fumble of Roethlisberger late in OT that had the Browns poised to win their first opener since 2004.But Gonzalez's kick was low and Watt, who had four sacks, got deep penetration and appeared to get his hand on the ball, which went sideways and landed on the soaked FirstEnergy Stadium turf as thousands of Browns fans threw up their hands in disbelief.So close. So far."They broke through and were right there, so there wasn't much I could do about it," Gonzalez said. "It was blocked. We felt good about it when we went out there. They definitely were in there a little quick."Browns coach Hue Jackson felt the Steelers were offside on the climactic kick."Disappointed for our fans," said an exasperated Jackson, who fell to 1-31-1 with Cleveland. "Did not want them going home without a victory. I did not want our players to go home without a victory. We were not able to get it done. Did not finish it Youth Larry Ogunjobi Jersey , but obviously, a tie. A tie."The Browns also had a chance to win it in regulation and were driving for a potential game-winning field goal, but Tyrod Taylor's deep pass for Josh Gordon was underthrown and intercepted by Cameron Sutton with 16 seconds left."There is nothing to be excited about, nothing at all," said Gordon, who missed most of the past four seasons because of drug suspensions. "We don't come to work to get ties. It's the equivalent of a loss to me."The Steelers played their opener without star running back Le'Veon Bell, who remains away from the team in a contract dispute. As Bell continued his holdout in warm and dry South Florida, James Conner filled in and scored two touchdowns while running for 135 yards — just nine fewer than he gained as a rookie last season.Roethlisberger threw three interceptions in the first half and finished 23 of 41 for 335 yards, throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Antonio Brown.Down 21-7 in the fourth quarter, the Browns were on the verge of their 18th straight loss.But they forced a fumble by Conner and scored quickly on Carlos Hyde's 1-yard run to pull within a touchdown.Cleveland's defense then forced a punt before Taylor connected with Gordon, who was playing in his first opener since 2012, made a gorgeous leaping catch in the corner over Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton.In his debut with Cleveland, Taylor completed 15 of 40 passes for 197 yards.BUNGLING BROWNSCleveland gave up seven sacks and committed 11 penalties, including four on false starts."Tyrod got hit way too much," left guard Joel Bitonio said.ROOKIE SHINESBrowns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward intercepted Roethlisberger twice in his NFL debut. Both picks by the No. 4 overall selection came in the first half."We got guys who can get the ball and are ball hawks," defensive lineman Myles Garrett said. "Denzel is one of them."INJURIESSteelers: CB Joe Haden injured his hamstring in the second half and did not return.Browns: DE Emmanuel Ogbah left briefly with an ankle injury in the first quarter but returned.LEFT OUTIt was a tough week for Browns rookie guard Austin Corbett. First, the No. 33 overall pick was replaced in the starting lineup when coach Hue Jackson slid Joel Bitonio back to left guard and put undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison in at left tackle. Corbett figured to be a backup on game day Youth Duke Johnson Jr Jersey , but was one of the club's inactives.UP NEXTSteelers: Host Kansas City on Sept. 16.Browns: Visit New Orleans on Sept. 16 On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns are back at home to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. To help preview a few topics from the Chiefs’ perspective, we reached out to Pete Sweeney from Arrowhead Pride and exchanged five questions with him. Enjoy!Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsChris: “John Dorsey is now the GM of the Browns -- tell us what Chiefs fans thought about his time in Kansas City.”Pete: “The feeling I get from Kansas City Chiefs fans on John Dorsey is twofold. First, they are thankful that he completely turned the team around. From 2012 to 2013, Dorsey led the greatest single-season turnaround in Chiefs franchise history—from two wins to 11 wins. Second—while they are thankful—I also think there are Chiefs fans who agreed with the team’s decision to let him go. The leading issues that have emerged through the media are cap issues, which were apparent, and communication issues. Another aspect of this is that Andy Reid has been adamant in pushing the Chiefs’ new general manager, Brett Veach, as the person responsible for Patrick Mahomes, which I have always found to be a direct insult to Dorsey, who liked Mahomes, too, and was the one to orchestrate the draft-night trade to get him to Kansas City. Veach was the first scout on him, and Dorsey, the sitting general manager, agreed and got the deal done. I have found that because of Reid’s words, most Chiefs fans do credit Veach for Mahomes being a Chief White Jarvis Landry Jersey , which I have always found somewhat bothersome. Dorsey was heavily involved and deserves much of the credit, as well.Long story short, the majority of fans were thankful but ready to move on. I’m telling you that you’re in good hands.”Former Browns RT Mitchell Schwartz has thrived in Kansas City.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsChris: “I regretted seeing Mitchell Schwartz ever leave the Browns, and from what I’ve heard, he has been damn good since joining the Chiefs too a few years ago. Is there a weak spot on Kansas City’s offensive line?”Pete: “Mitchell Schwartz has been outstanding for the Kansas City Chiefs.But yes. If there were any spots, it’s center and right guard, positions in which the current starters in Austin Reiter and Andrew Wylie, respectively, have two starts each. While the Chiefs backups fared better than I thought they would against the Denver Broncos, those interior positions along the line are still vulnerable.”LB Ben Niemann could see action this week on a below average Chiefs defense.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsChris: “The Chiefs’ defense has had some issues this year. Granted, their offense is so good that it’s difficult to maintain pace in a shootout, but let’s ‘hypothetically’ say that Kansas City’s offense has some hiccups this Sunday. What are the concerning areas on Kansas City’s defense?”Pete: “The Chiefs were already shaky against the run, and this week, I anticipate Anthony Hitchens to be out of the lineup or on some sort of pain toleration snap count as he deals with a rib contusion. Rookie linebacker Ben Niemann, who made the team thanks to raw talent in training camp, could get his first real look on the inside. The pass defense has been better than we expected, but you can usually pencil in 100 yards for your best receiver—in this case Jarvis Landry—against Kansas City. The question for Cleveland will be the production the secondary receivers can provide. The 31-year-old Ron Parker isn’t coming off the greatest week against Denver Youth Jabrill Peppers Jersey , so I’d wonder if the Browns try to exploit him.”RB Kareem Hunt gets all the buzz, but backup RB Spencer Ware is doing well too.Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsChris: “Tell us about one player on offense and on defense who Browns fans might not be aware of, but who have played a nice role for Kansas City in 2018.”Pete: “Offense: Running back Spencer Ware is the former starter for Kansas City from back in 2016, before Kareem Hunt’s emergence. Now he’s the backup, but he is still worth watching when he enters the game. He doesn’t touch the ball often (he has only 18 rushes this season), but when he does, he is averaging 5.9 yards per attempt. He also has nine receptions for 89 yards on the season.Defense: Rookie Breeland Speaks (ROLB) has had an opportunity to start the past couple of weeks due to a hamstring injury keeping Justin Houston out. Speaks registered his first full sack against the Broncos last week is finally hitting his stride as a pass rusher. Speaks is transitioning from the line to outside linebacker this season. He was the Chiefs’ top pick (coming in the second round because of the trade-up for Mahomes the previous year).”The ghost of Dwayne Bowe.Chris: “Has anyone from the Chiefs’ 2018 draft class made an impact? Also, a side note: Can we hate you just for ever having an affiliation with Dwayne Bowe (we still have terrors about his “time” with the Browns two years ago)?”Pete: “The hate is fine—we’ll take it! When the Browns signed Bowe, I think we all had an idea from his final days in Kansas City at how it might go. Sorry about that.From the draft class, it’s the aforementioned Speaks and Niemann, especially this week. Inside linebacker Dorian O’Daniel, who can track rushers and receivers really well and provide the big, clean hit when necessary, looks like he will see more time. Kick returner Tremon Smith is getting an opportunity due to injury as of late. Some on the team believe he has a similar burst to that of Tyreek Hill.”Thanks again to Pete for taking the time to answer my questions. Antworten mit Zitat

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