Steelers Fumble and Bumble in Loss to Browns, 14-20

The Steelers showed the dangers of leaning heavily on your passing game, as they went to Cleveland with their third string quarterback Charlie Batch and fell to the previously 2-8 Cleveland Browns 14-20.

With both Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich out, the Steelers are one of the few teams to keep a third veteran quarterback, but Batch struggled.  He finished the day 20 of 34 for 199 yards with no TDs and 3 INTs.

As bad as Batch’s day was, it was only the beginning of the Steelers’ problems.  They managed only 49 yards rushing, and averaged a mere 2.5 yards per carry.  Even worse, they fumbled the ball a ridiculous 8 times, losing 5.  With the 3 INTs included, they lost the turnover battle 8-1, so it is a miracle that the game was actually as close as it was.

The Steelers’ got some help from their defense, as one of their 2 TDs came on defensive side of the ball.  They converted the one turnover that they did get directly into points when Lawrence Timmons returned an interception 53 yards for a TD in the first quarter.  But that was about the sole highlight for the Steelers.

Cleveland wasn’t much better, producing only 20 points on 8 turnovers as neither team reached 250 yards of total offense.  The Steelers were 1 of 9 on third downs and the Browns were 3 of 16.  The game also featured 19 penalties for a combined 158 yards to go along with the 9 combined turnovers.

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