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By the Numbers: Browns defense registers 6 takeaways in bend-don't-break effort

CLEVELAND — Breaking down a 21-21 tie between the Browns and Steelers in Sunday's season opener…

6 — The Browns defense, while far from perfect, was lights out in its ability to take the ball away. Cleveland forced six turnovers against Ben Roethlisberger and Co.

2 — Two of those takeaways came from rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, who intercepted Roethlisberger twice in his regular-season debut. The former Ohio State star and fourth overall NFL Draft pick finished with six tackles and three more pass breakups. 

6 — Myles Garrett looked every bit like the dominant player the Browns need him to be. The second-year defensive end and first overall 2017 NFL Draft pick finished with six tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries and a pass deflection. 

197 — Browns starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor finished 15-of-40 for 197 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Taylor, who was traded to Cleveland from Buffalo in March, added 77 yards and a touchdown on the ground. 

177 — Led by Taylor, the Browns rolled up 177 yards rushing. Carlos Hyde had 22 carries for 62 yards and a score while Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson chipped in 21 and 17 yards, respectively.

The Cleveland Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium in Week 1.

472 — Pittsburgh amassed 472 total yards while Cleveland, after a slow start, finished with 327.

106 — Jarvis Landry led the Browns with 106 yards receiving on seven catches. He was targeted 15 times.

17 — Cleveland's other star wideout, Josh Gordon, had one catch at the best possible time, a 17-yard touchdown that sent the game into overtime. 

135 — No Le'Veon Bell, no problem for Pittsburgh. Second-year running back James Conner ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 31 attempts in addition to five catches for 57 yards.

93 — The Browns didn't stop Antonio Brown, but they did slow him down (sort of). The All-Pro wide receiver had nine catches for 93 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets.

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