Fans: victory at Browns home opener came off the field, not on

Pittsburgh Steelers first-round draft pick T.J. Watt was raising eyebrows in his National Football League debut on Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Browns. The 4-yard TD reception came after a drive that included two long pass plays from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. He finished going 20-30 with 222 yards, recording a touchdown through the air along with one on the ground.

The Browns' offense struggled to move the ball on their first two drives of the game, but on the third, everything clicked, and they drew even with the Pittsburgh Steelers, 7-7, when Kizer rushed for a touchdown with 22 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was very complimentary of the Cleveland Browns defense after Pittsburgh snuck out of Cleveland with a 21-18 win to start the season.

Roethlisberger improved to 21-2 in his career against the Browns, who gave their rivals all they could handle - a positive sign for coach Hue Jackson and Cleveland fans after a horrid 1-15 season. Penalties once again haunted the Steelers when Sean Davis was called for pass interference, giving the Browns the ball at the three-yard line. As the younger brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, expectations are already sky-high, and he'll inevitably be compared to his older brother, at least at the beginning of his career.

Before the Browns took on the Steelers in the season opener, players joined with first responders in a show of unity Sunday. Brown had three consecutive receptions early in the drive totaling 80 yards.

The Browns controlled the clock for more than 12 minutes in the opening quarter and tied the score 7-7 on Kizer's 1-yard keeper with 22 seconds left. He is the third member of the Watt family to play in the NFL. Anthony Chickillo will get the start if Dupree does not play.

  • Stacy Allen