Steelers bully Browns to tie for first place
CLEVELAND — A short bus ride into Ohio put Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers back in the fast lane.
The playoffs remain a possible destination.
Le'Veon Bell scored on a 1-yard touchdown run — long after time expired in the first half — and Pittsburgh recorded eight sacks as it snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Steelers scored eight with zeroes showing on the clock before halftime after they were awarded two extra plays because of defensive penalties against the Browns. Pittsburgh's win, coupled with Baltimore's loss to Dallas, pushed the Steelers back into a tie for first place in the AFC North with the Ravens.
Roethlisberger tied to downplay the victory, but there was no denying its importance for the quarterback.
"We just won a game, honestly, that's the approach we have to have," he said. "It really doesn't mean anything. It means we won a football game."
The Steelers did it by playing Steelers football — running the ball, stopping the run and physically punishing the Browns.
After they knocked quarterback Cody Kessler from the game with a concussion, defensive tackle Javon Hargrave recovered a fumble by former Bucs quarterback Josh McCown for a touchdown with 3:36 left to seal the win. The Steelers came in with a league-low 13 sacks before unloading on the Browns.