Steelers, Browns each kick away chances at victory

Cleveland Browns 2018 new season begins as Browns battle Steelers

The Steelers did not have running back Le'Veon Bell because of a hold out and the Browns have not won a game since Week 16 of the 2016 season at home against the San Diego Chargers.

But they forced a fumble by Conner and scored quickly on Carlos Hyde's 1-yard run to pull within a touchdown.

Though I'm not a Clevelander or even a Browns fan, their cause does seem like a worthy sports cause to cheer for as any.

One of the knocks on Taylor in Buffalo was that he often missed throws he should have completed, and that he was afraid to attempt passes over the middle.

Josh Gordon, who missed a good part of training camp and preseason as part of his treatment for substance abuse, wasn't supposed to start against the Steelers. But the Steelers, who sacked Taylor seven times, refused to offer any excuses after falling dangerously close to becoming the first team to lose to the Browns in Week 1 since 2004. Conner also had a fumble that jump-started the Browns' 14-point second-half comeback, but the Steelers' loss had more to do with Ben Roethlisberger's five turnovers.

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"Tying in the National Football League is really weird", left guard Joel Bitonio said. He made some uncharacteristic errors, forcing a pass into double-coverage that was picked off by Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, who had two interceptions in his pro debut. Conditions were garbage and Week 1 is always wonky, but the Steelers offense couldn't break free from the Browns. He will make the plays that are there but throw it away when they aren't. But on Cleveland's first play, Gordon lined up wide in a three-tight end personnel package. In that game, he came out of the gate hot with two sacks and an interception. Some team officials told La Canfora that they expect the running back will skip 4-6 games to reduce his risk of injury. The third one, they just let the game go to the half - which was understandable and deserves a pass.

Speaking of beast mode, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt recorded four sacks and had eight tackles.

The Browns went three-and-out on their first three drives in overtime.

Harrison wasn't the only offending Cleveland player as the Browns were called for 11 penalties for 87 yards.

Antonio Brown caught nine balls for 93 yards.

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