Pittsburgh-Cleveland is a rivalry in hate only. The teams have often had a chippy past, but that has not made for competitive football games. Playing the Browns seemed to bring the best out of the Steelers, with Pittsburgh demolishing their rival, 38-7, to improve to 5-0. Just about everything was clicking for the Steelers, who got a pick-six from safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and big offensive games from running back James Conner and the rookie receiver Chase Claypool. In doing so, the Steelers improved their record against the Browns to 36-7-1 since that team’s resurrection in Cleveland in 1999.
How bad was it for the Browns? The team came in with its best five-game start since 1994 and by halftime their fans had Case Keenum, the team’s backup quarterback, trending on Twitter. Cleveland did switch to Keenum in the second half, but it didn’t matter.