Instant React: Defense Dominates As Steelers Pound Browns 27-11

The Steelers defense has officially hit its stride again, as Sunday in Cleveland they beat the rival Browns up and down the field, walking away with a dominating 27-11 win.

The victory was the third in a row for the Steelers, who suddenly have found themselves back in the race in the playoff chase for the final wild card spot.

The club is now 5-6, and with a matchup coming up on Thanksgiving night against the Ravens, suddenly the Steelers look like a team that will need to be dealt with again.

The Steelers played a clean game, keeping Ben Roethlisberger upright all afternoon, allowing him to throw for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The defense knocked Browns starter Jason Campbell, as in the third quarter William Gay came unblocked on a blitz, and crushed Campbell.

The ball came out, and Will Allen picked it up and got it to the Browns four before being tripped up. Roethlisberger hit Emmanuel Sanders for a score to put the game away with 7:43 to play in the third quarter.

The defense never let the Browns get close, and they put it away for good in the fourth quarter when backup QB Brandon Weeden threw a pick six to Willie Gay for a 21-yard score to make it 27-3.

Playing in a harsh wind and cold temps during the day didn’t seem to stop the red-hot Steelers D, as they knocked around the Browns all day.

Cleveland’s only points came when Billy Cundiff kicked a 49-yard field goal midway through the first quarter with the Steelers up at the time 3-0.

Roethlisberger put the Steelers up for good on a 41-yard TD throw to Antonio Brown with 2:43 left in the first half to make it 10-3.

They pushed it to 13-3 after a strip by Troy Polamalu gave the Steelers the ball back around midfield in the final seconds of the half.

It was the most dominating effort of the year for a Steelers D that seems to finally have it all going their way.

Their next test – Thanksgiving night against a Ravens team that they beat earlier this season at home.

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Matt Loede
Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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