What we learned from Steelers bittersweet win versus the Browns
By Eric Hassel
The Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns at home in the season finale in what was a bittersweet victory
Although we beat the Cleveland Browns at home in the regular season finale, the season is officially over. We needed three things to come to fruition in order for us to make the playoffs. Two of those things came to fruition, but, unfortunately, the third thing did not.
It is disappointing, to say the least, that we had to rely on help from two other teams to keep our playoff hopes alive, but that’s what happens when you don’t take care of your own business early in the season. Today, we took care of business to avoid the first losing season under Mike Tomlin. Let’s see what we learned on offense.
The Steelers offense, I dare say, finally and perhaps too late, performed in the manner in which we wanted all season long. We scored twenty-eight points, converted sixty percent on third downs, had more passing yards and rushing yards than the Browns had, and won the time of possession battle.
The offensive line played very well, giving up one sack and paving the way for a ground game that amassed nearly one hundred and fifty yards. It really is a shame that the Steelers offense waited until the final game of the season to play what I would offer was the most well-rounded game of the year.
I think this game offered a glimpse of the potential that the Steelers offense has, but again, it is unfortunate that we will have to wait until 2023 to see that potential realized.
Let’s see what we learned on defense.