CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns didn’t need a comeback this time. For once, they built a big lead and held on.
Brian Hoyer passed for 217 yards and pulled off a rarity for a Cleveland quarterback, leading the Browns to a 31-10 rout over Ben Roethlisberger and the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Hoyer threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron and improved to 6-2 as Cleveland’s starter as the surprising Browns (3-2) beat the Steelers for just the third time in 23 games. Cleveland hadn’t beaten Pittsburgh so badly since a 51-0 shutout in 1989.
Ben Tate had two rushing TDs and rookie Isaiah Crowell added another one as the Browns opened a 21-3 lead in the first half and rolled to the easy win one week after staging the largest comeback in NFL history by a road team.
Roethlisberger suffered just his second loss in 20 games…
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