Browns will send rookie DeShone Kizer as the starting quarterback on Sunday and now head coach Hue Jackson has named second-year player Kevin Hogan as the backup QB. They deferred after winning the coin toss, drove the Browns backward on three plays and then blocked a punt by Britton Colquitt.
Pittsburgh linebacker Tyler Matakevich burst through the line and Anthony Chickillo jumped on it in the end zone, ending Cleveland's first drive of the season in tremendous failure. Kizer scored two plays later.
Zoo Animals Retreat to Hurricane-Proof Homes During Irma
Regardless of what Irma does or where it hits, the storm is a reminder of what hurricanes have done to the state's ecosystem. One official warned that staying behind to ride out the storm on the Floriday Keys is "almost like suicide".
While the attention on the defensive side of the ball will surely be the presence of long-time Cleveland Brown Joe Haden in black and gold and former Steeler Sammie Coates lining up for Cleveland, a much larger story will be how the front seven of the Steelers can perform.
But the Browns couldn't stop Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown, who made a leaping catch in traffic for 38 yards with 2:26 left to seal Pittsburgh's win.
Despite taking two sacks that spoiled the Browns' second drive of the game, Kizer completed six of his seven attempts for 45 yards in the first quarter. After a draw play, the Browns lined up to punt.
Louisiana Tech comically recovers fumble for impressive 87-yard loss
Redshirt sophomore J'Mar Smith's third career start comes against the nation's top defense through one week in 2017. The SEC Bulldogs then drove 76-yards on 11 plays, capped by a 21-yard pass from Fitzgerald to Gabe Myles.
That's a great way to start one's career.
Death Toll From Massive Mexican Quake Rises to 65
Yunes said Saturday that there were no other reports of major damage, though he said some rivers had risen to near flood stage. Mexico's Governor for the state of Chiapas had earlier reported three fatalities in San Cristobal de las Casas.