Judging from the way the Steelers have talked about the Browns before, during and after Sunday’s Wild Card game, you’d think that Pittsburgh defeated Cleveland in blowout fashion.
But in fact, quite the opposite happened, as the Browns jumped out to a commanding 35-10 halftime lead and never looked back, eventually emerging with 48-37 victory.
The Browns defense, especially the secondary, really isn’t much to write home about, but it stymied the Steelers for the first half of the game, and was good enough in the final two quarters to win. Steelers star receiver Chase Claypool was held in check, with seven catches for only 59 yards, yet he decided to run his mouth after the game — continuing where fellow pass-catcher JuJu Smith-Schuster left off.
“Bad loss, but Browns are gonna clapped next week, so it’s all good,” he said.
It really is incredible that anyone on the Steelers would continue to double down on their takes about the Browns not being legitimate contenders, as they did beat Pittsburgh in consecutive weeks. So if the Browns are just mediocre, what does that say about the Steelers?