About the Author
Recent posts by Mike Wilkening
Here's a wrap-up look at Browns-Steelers from a Cleveland perspective.
Positives: QB Colt McCoy's debut was filled with promise. He threw for 281 yards and completed 23 passes to nine different receivers. He seems to fit offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's offense quite well. The Browns' game plan on offense was solid, and 328 yards gained vs. a strong Steelers defense has to be considered a successful day. ... P Reggie Hodges was the team's special-teams star; he had four punts downed inside the Pittsburgh 10-yard line. ... Rookie CB Joe Haden had a 62-yard interception return.
Negatives: This was a very disappointing effort from the Cleveland defense. The Browns surrendered three TD passes to QB Ben Roethlisberger and didn't sack him once. The pass defense surrendered four pass plays of 26 yards or longer. ... RS-WR Joshua Cribbs and WR Mohamed Massaquoi left the game with head injuries and did not return. ... Filling in for Cribbs, Chansi Stuckey fumbled a punt, and it was recovered by Pittsburgh.
Outlook: Now 1-5, the Browns travei to New Orleans in Week Seven for the final game before their bye. As in Week Six, they will not be given much of a chance to win; they are 14-point underdogs as of this writing. McCoy could get another start if QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace can't go because of ankle injuries. If indeed he plays again, all eyes will be on how he fares in his second start.