The good, the bad and the ugly of Steelers mind-numbing loss to Browns

  • Jaylen Warren's 74-yard touchdown run was magical
  • The Steelers offense stinks
  • Kenny Pickett is regressing
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The Pittsburgh Steelers went into Cleveland with a chance to make serious headway in the AFC North facing a Browns team without four of its best offensive players, including starting quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Coupled with opportune plays late by Cleveland and a vaunted defense, it wasn't enough for Pittsburgh to notch its seventh win. Kenny Pickett played arguably the worst game of his career, failing to connect with Diontae Johnson on numerous occasions before sputtering to a three-and-out on the offense's final drive just after the two-minute warning.

Outside of Jaylen Warren's 74-yard touchdown run, the rushing attack didn't fair well against one of the better defenses in the NFL as both Warren and Najee Harris were held to 55 yards and 35 yards respectively outside of that play.

The Steelers couldn't get the job done against the Browns in Week 11

The Steelers' defense did an okay job against a relatively conservative game plan, forcing one mistake out of rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (which the offense did nothing with), but quick passes prevented Pittsburgh from creating much pressure. The flow of the game indicated that the Browns were more handcuffed by circumstances rather than the Steelers' defense controlling Cleveland.

The Browns opted to pass the ball 43 times to just 23 runs, a presumed recipe for disaster, but it gave them the 13 points needed for victory. The Steelers were overwhelmed in Cleveland, and not much good can be said. Plenty of bad and ugly can, and worse could be added if this article called for it.

The Good: Jaylen Warren's 74-yard touchdown

That's it. That's the good. One play.

The play design is solid with Broderick Jones looping out to create a seal on the outside. Warren made a man miss in the hole and used his speed to get into the second level behind the defense to grab the Steelers' lone touchdown of the day.

Warren touched the ball five times after this play, which is wholly inexplicable. More on that in the next section.