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


The last thing the Browns wanted to do was put rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer in an early hole during his first National Football League start.

So "Blitzburgh" is back, right? Kindred has big hit potential and seemed to sniff out anything the Steelers tried.

Days after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where neo-Nazis clashed with opposition groups, more than a dozen Browns players knelt in a circle on Cleveland's sideline.

Said linebacker Christian Kirksey, "We were with them the whole time".

Bell looked rusty and hardly like one of the NFL's best players on Sunday, gaining just 32 yards as Pittsburgh turned to its defense and a late Ben Roethlisberger-to-Antonio Brown connection to hold off the Cleveland Browns 21-18. Even more impressive was his run support. The Steelers offense managed two trips into the red zone, and both came as a result of Brown's big-play ability. "Ben trusted me and the offense trusted me to go out there and play for us". He laughed while recounting the play.

"I know a lot of people were down on me as a starter when the trade happened", James said, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I am trying to put the ball over top of him". Watt almost had a third sack on a third-and-11 play in the second quarter. Roethlisberger, who also has taken quite a few hits, offered encouragement to Kizer.

Each week, we'll look at the "hope index" - just how fans should feel after each game of 2017. "I felt like the outside rush was definitely working".

The Steelers selected the rookie linebacker with the 30th-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin.

Last season, no white players were among those by participating in anthem protests, but several did so before games last month.

Tomlin was later asked a follow-up. We're going to welcome him in and get back to work.

How much of an impact could Watt make if this continues?

Bell reported to the Steelers on Friday, signed a one-year franchise tender contract that will pay him $12.12 million this season, passed a physical and joined his teammates on the practice field on Monday. Lynch finished with 18 carries for 76 yards. He was mostly missing from the Steelers' opener. And, oh yeah, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler's never-ending obsession about pressuring the quarterback with only four pass rushers.

The ball came loose at the end of the Brown catch and the play was reviewed, but it was ruled that the Steelers receiver had already completed the catch to end the play by the time the ball popped free. He's bound to attract more attention along the way. I'll simply say Schobert has already shown more on the field in the preseason and in this game than Davis did in 2016.