Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said this week that Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns wasn't a revenge game, but it certainly looked like it was. Almost a year after Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped Mason Rudolph's helmet off his head and hit him with it, the Steelers absolutely flattened the Browns 38-7.
Steelers entirely dominant
The Steelers looked dominant almost immediately. Despite ending with a field goal, the Steelers didn't waste a single down and consistently pushed forward in their first possession.
It was also apparent pretty quickly that the Browns (and quarterback Baker Mayfield) didn't have their best stuff. On 3rd and 4 during their first possession, Mayfield threw a pick-six directly to Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The Browns' defense managed to keep the Steelers from adding to their score in the first quarter, but they couldn't hold the Steelers at bay forever. Four minutes into the second quarter, Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger heaved the ball 36 yards down the field, where it was brought in by - you guessed it - rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool, who broke out with seven catches and four touchdowns in Week 5. James Conner then took it in for a touchdown.
That series was followed by Mayfield throwing yet another interception, which led to a Steelers touchdown. It wasn't until the final four minutes of the first half that the Browns finally made a big play. Mayfield had a 36-yard throw to Austin Hooper, which eventually led to a touchdown. At least the Browns wouldn't leave the first half with a goose egg on the scoreboard.
Case Keenum takes over in 4th quarter
It didn't get any better in the second half. The Browns may have stopped the Steelers from scoring for awhile, but the Steelers tightened their death grip on the Browns. When the Browns went for it on 4th and 1 in the third quarter, they ran into a solid mass of Steelers players knocking them back.
On the flip side, when the Steelers went for it on 4th and 1 just a few minutes later, they made it over the line and scored a touchdown a few plays later. The Steelers scored again on their very next possession. With a 31-point lead, the game was over except for the clock.
In the final seconds of the third quarter, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski took Mayfield out of the game and replaced him with Case Keenum. It wasn't clear whether Mayfield was actually benched or if he was just being preserved because the Steelers had such a huge lead, but Mayfield's stats weren't great regardless. He was 10-for-18 with 119 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Browns went into Week 6 with a fairly dominant 4-1 record, but they got absolutely pasted by the Steelers. The Steelers, despite their 4-0 record, needed a win against a team that's actually considered to be good - thus far, they'd had wins against the feeble New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and Philadelphia Eagles.
Tomlin may not have wanted the Steelers to get revenge, but he couldn't stop them. A good football team is just good. Revenge is just the cherry on top. © Provided by Yahoo! SportsIt was not a good day for the Browns and quarterback Baker Mayfield as they fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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