No pass rush
For as bad as the Pittsburgh offensive line is, the Browns had really no pressure on Mitch Trubisky all game. They registered just one sack all game, and only two hits on the quarterback. Had it not been for the Steelers asking Najee Harris to block a blitzing linebacker, they wouldn’t even of had that. Maybe Myles Garrett is more hurt than the team let one, but this is a very concerning issue, as it’s been going on now for three straight games.
Inconsistency in the secondary
The Steelers once again picked apart the Browns’ secondary. There were a few key mishaps but this week’s big issue was the constant penalties, specifically on Denzel Ward, who was flagged twice for pass interference.
The Browns had a few more gaffs on special teams this week to boot. There was at least one instance of too-many men on the field on a late-fourth quarter field goal against the Steelers, a shanked punk that barely made it to the 50-yard line, and a dropped kick-off by David Bell. Later in the game, Jerome Ford took a field goal out of the endzone and got stopped at about the 15-yard line, 10 yards shorter than the team would have had if he had taken the touchback. That doesn’t even factor in Cade York’s missed extra point. Yes, it was windy, but anyone who knows the Browns knew the wind would eventually be a factor. Two straight weeks of missed extra points isn’t a good thing, nor should it be dismissed out of hand.