In the game of football, it only takes as many points as needed to win the game. This time around the Cleveland Browns came out on top, defeating their bitter AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers by the score of 20-14 on Sunday, November 25, 2012. With the win the Browns improve to 3-8 on the season while the Steelers fall to 6-5.
Pittsburgh killed by turnovers
Even the best teams in the league would have a hard time winning a football game after fumbling the ball eight times and losing it five. Add a trio of interceptions into the mix for a total of eight turnovers and you have as much help from the football gods as you can possibly ask for. Cleveland came away with the win, but Pittsburgh remained in the game until the very end.
Weeden remains adequate
Despite the pick-six thrown by Brandon Weeden during the opening drive of the game, he gave a typical performance completing 17-of-26 passes for a total of 158 yards on the day. He connected with tight end Jordan Cameron on a five-yard pass in the end zone in the second quarter and compiled a passer rating of 78.7. Simply put, it was adequate against a physical defense and enough to win the game.
My confidence in Weeden to lead the team for the next few years is shaky at best. At the same time, the revolving door of quarterbacks needs to end sooner rather than later. Weeden is a rookie and will make mistakes, however his lack of judgment on the field overshadows his rocket of an arm.
Cleveland still has plenty of room for growth
The Browns were given every opportunity to win the football game and fortunately they did. However, the fact the Steelers were still in the game up until the final minutes remains a major cause for concern. The Pittsburgh offense was horrible but the pick-six by Lawrence Timmons and the Sheldon Brown pass-interference call allowed the Steelers to stay in the game.
On the flip side, the Browns could only muster up 17 points on eight turnovers, seven if you discount the end-of-the-game interception thrown by Pittsburgh quarterback Charlie Batch. Coach Pat Shurmur’s play calling remained questionable throughout the game further solidifying my belief that he needs to be replaced at the end of the season. It was a good win but the Browns are still not a good team.
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Paul Rados is an avid Cleveland Browns fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados.