Steelers Lead Cleveland 27-3 At The Half

For all the doubts about Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Pittsburgh managed to put on an offensive show in the first half against the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland's defense was unable to cope with Pittsburgh's no-huddle attack, and QB Brian Hoyer just wasn't on the same page as his receivers. While the Browns' running game looked solid thanks to Ben Tate, there weren't many opportunities to make inroads on the ground once the Steelers built up a lead.

Ben Roethlisberger's first half was an impressive one, with 278 yards and a touchdown on 16/22 passing. Roethlisberger looked poised and confident in the pocket, and had the time to make his reads - while the offensive line in Pittsburgh isn't the finished article, this was a welcome sign for an offense that never lived up to expectations in 2013.

A combination of inept offense and generous defense from Cleveland made sure the first half was one-way traffic for the Steelers, and although some players - Tate, TE Jordan Cameron and rookie CB Justin Gilbert looked decent, there wasn't much they could do to stop the bleeding.

With the Browns offense looking lifeless and uninspired, it wasn't long before the Manziel murmurs started...and the QB was seen with his helmet on as the teams came back out for the second half.


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