Brown finished the first half with 102 yards on six receptions. While the narrative seems set up for big days from the front seven, they will need to deliver between the lines on Sunday to prove that they can provide the type of performances to allow the team to be successful. Jackson challenged the call, but it held up after a video review and the Steelers improved to 32-6 against the Browns since 1999.
Early in the seven-play, 91-yard drive, Roethlisberger threw a pass over the middle of the middle of the field to wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The Browns have lost 13 straight openers.
Bell will make $12.1 million playing under the franchise tag this season. A quick three-and-out resulted in a punt, which was promptly blocked and returned for a touchdown by the Steelers. The offseason saw the departure of long-time defensive stalwart Lawrence Timmons, the addition of first-round pick T.J. Watt and the contract extension of Stephon Tuitt.
Kizer had some nice moments, and a few where his inexperience showed. A win is a win and the Steelers will take it and hope to learn from the mistakes.
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.