PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the one groups in NFL historical past to go Zero-16 after they didn’t discover a approach to beat the backup-laden Pittsburgh Steelers in a 28-24 loss on Sunday.
Cleveland had an opportunity late within the fourth quarter, however quarterback DeShone Kizer’s fourth-down cross to Corey Coleman bounced off Coleman’s palms and fell incomplete.
And for the 16th time in 2017, the Browns walked off the sector looking for solutions which can be as elusive now as they’ve been at any level because the franchise’s return to the NFL almost 20 years in the past. Head coach Hue Jackson is anticipated to return regardless of a 1-31 report and the Browns have two of the highest 4 picks within the 2018 draft.
Kizer completed with 314 yards passing and two touchdowns to Rashard Higgins but in addition threw a fourth-quarter choose, his NFL-leading 22nd of the season.
The AFC North champion Steelers (13-Three) sat stars Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell amongst others but it surely hardly mattered. Landry Jones accomplished 23 of 27 passes for 239 yards with a landing and an interception, and rookie extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 9 passes for 143 yards and a rating. He additionally returned a kickoff 96 yards for a landing.
Pittsburgh sacked Kizer six occasions, boosting its season whole to 56, a franchise report.
Almost 4 months faraway from a taut 21-18 loss to Pittsburgh within the season opener — a sport that appeared to point the Browns have been able to take a big step ahead in Jackson’s second 12 months — Cleveland walked onto frigid Heinz Subject nonetheless on the lookout for its first win in 372 days.
The wait will proceed for an additional eight months following three hours that symbolized Cleveland’s traditionally depressing season.
Whereas there have been bouts of competency, together with a pair of takeaways by the protection and lengthy Kizer hookups to Higgins and Josh Gordon, the Browns merely couldn’t get out of their very own means. Twice within the first half they drew third-down defensive penalties that prolonged Pittsburgh drives. Thrice within the fourth quarter that they had the ball and an opportunity to go forward.
The primary two ended with turnovers, giving Cleveland an NFL-high 41 on the season. The third ended with Kizer by some means escaping stress on fourth down on the Pittsburgh 27 solely to have his cross clank off Coleman’s palms and fall to the frozen turf, one final missed alternative in a 12 months stuffed with far too many.
Whereas Jackson, who will bounce in Lake Erie sooner or later within the close to future to satisfy his vow the Browns wouldn’t go 1-15 as they did in 2016, is anticipated again in 2018, one other offseason stuffed with looking awaits.
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Steelers: Will get pleasure from every week off earlier than internet hosting the divisional around the weekend of Jan. 13-14.