CLEVELAND - Nick Chubb ran for 113 yards and a touchdown as the Cleveland Browns took control in the second half and beat the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper gave up an onside kick that led the New York Jets to a stunning comeback on Sunday. Cooper more than atoned for that mistake Thursday night against the Steelers.
He finished with seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, leading the Browns to victory.
We have to own it, learn from it and flush it out," Cooper said this week in the fall against the Jets. Cooper led Cleveland's rebounding performance, as the Browns (2-1) moved into first place in the AFC North standings.
Key play: On third-and-1 to start the fourth quarter, quarterback Jacoby Brissett faked a handoff to Chubb. Cooper, meanwhile, eluded Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton before hauling in a 32-yard reception at the Pittsburgh 39-yard line.
Cleveland punched the ball into the end zone eight plays to take a two-score lead. With the key play-action reception, Cooper became the first Browns player in nine years to finish with over 100 yards receiving and a receiving touchdown in back-to-back games.
QB breakdown: Brissett delivered another solid performance in his third start for the Browns. He tossed a pair of touchdowns in the first half, the first on a slant to Cooper, the other to tight end David Njoku in the back of the end zone.
Brissett finished the game 21-of-31 passing for 220 yards as he anchored the Browns' offense.