We’re digging into the stats after the Browns’ 21-7 win over the Steelers on Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.
4 - Cleveland forced four turnovers — all interceptions — from quarterback Mason Rudolph. Two of those came in the fourth quarter, which ultimately sealed a win for the Browns and took away any momentum from Pittsburgh’s offense. Joe Schobert had two of those interceptions and recorded his first multi-game interception of his career.
37.3 - Rudolph accrued a 37.3 quarterback rating, his lowest of the season. The Browns picked off Rudolph twice in the fourth quarter and stepped up to ensure the Browns wouldn’t blow a 14-7 lead.
7 - Cleveland held Pittsburgh to its lowest point total since Week 1. It was an all-around dominant performance from the Browns, who made life hard for Rudolph in the pocket and limited the Steelers from making big plays all night.
42 - Morgan Burnett didn’t play in the second half after suffering an Achilles injury, but his impact in the first half couldn’t have been more significant. He made a huge pass breakup on a deep ball to Johnny Holton in the first quarter. He stuffed Trey Edmunds on third-and-1. He also added a massive interception that highlighted the dominant night from the defense.
92 - Rushing yards from Nick Chubb, who didn’t show his typical explosiveness against the Steelers defense but still managed a quality run game and picked up key yards to carry Cleveland in the fourth quarter. His 12-yard carry in the fourth quarter made him the first player in the NFL to clear 1,000 yards for the season.
13 - The Browns shut out the Steelers in the first half for the first time in 13 years. Cleveland went to the locker room with a 14-0 lead that felt much larger thanks to the play of the defense, which only allowed 104 total yards in the half.
2 - The Browns saved their best defensive plays for third down and held Pittsburgh to 2-for-10 on third-down conversions.
0 - Number of field goals made from either team on three attempts. Chris Boswell missed one field goal, while Austin Seibert missed two. The wind appeared to play a factor on each kick.
45.8 - Jamie Gillan put his tremendous punting power on full display again and flipped the field all night for the Browns. He averaged 45.3 yards on seven punts, including a key 58-yard punt with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter that pinned Pittsburgh at its 12-yard line. Seven plays later, the Browns snagged a key interception.
2000 - That was the last time the Browns were 2-0 in their AFC Division, which was then the AFC Central. Chris Palmer was the coach at the time, and the Browns ultimately finished 3-13.
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