It’s a matchup steeped in chaos. Much of that centers around the two hulking behemoths that reside on outer reaches of the defensive line — when they’re not occupying the quarterback union’s collective subconscious: Myles Garrett and T.J. Watt.
The two hang over the pocket like a cloud, bringing terror and carnage to football’s highest-profile position.Both opened their sack accounts during Week 1 — Garrett via crunching blow vs. the Bengals, Watt courtesy of three biting collisions against the 49ers.
Where these pass rushers go, their teams will follow. And rest assured: opposition hurlers will keep them firmly in their sights.MORE: Watch Browns vs. Steelers live with Fubo (free trial)
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Browns vs. Steelers score
Browns vs. Steelers live updates, highlights from Monday Night Football
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|Passing||10-21, 86||10-19, 151|
|Time of possession||18:16||11:44|
End of second quarter: Steelers 16, Browns 14
10:03 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! Hopkins splits the uprights from distance, bringing the Steelers edge to just two points as the quarter comes to a close.
Steelers 16, Browns 14
10:00 p.m.: Watt hadn’t been able to get much of a sniff for the first 29 minutes of the game. He’s made his presence felt over the past 30 seconds or so. First got his mammoth paws on a Watson throw to bat it away at the line. Then he reaches the Browns QB on third down, sending him crashing into the earth. Hopkins headed out onto the field for a long field goal.
9:58 p.m.: Face mask call moves the chains. Browns surging as the half comes to a close.
9:57 p.m.: Dink-and-dunk from Watson and Ford puts the Browns in decent shape to get the first down on third and short.
9:53 p.m.: David Njoku gets in on the action, rumbling down the right sideline to take the Browns 29 yards up the field right before the two minute warning. Can Cleveland spark itself back into life?
9:52 p.m.: …Pickett follows up his best decision of the night with a pair of poor throws that go wide of the target. The dichotomy of man. Ball headed back to Cleveland via punt.
9:48 p.m.: Things have tailed off a bit since the touchdown. However, Pickett — who looked a bit worse for the wear after getting caught under the avalanche of bodies on his throw to Pickens — fashioned his best effort of the day, slipping an arrow right into Austin’s chest for the first down. Uneven display by the second year quarterback thus far. But that was a good moment.
9:36 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Pickett finds No. 1 receiver Pickens amid a collapsing pocket, who races down the fielding after reeling in the pass off a slant route. Great composure by the young quarterback to stand tall and get a clean throw off. Pickens did the rest, waltzing 71 yards to the house. A neutral zone infraction prompts Pittsburgh to go for two. However, Najee Harris collides with the cadre of defenders standing atop the end zone. He fumbles and despite the ensuing loose ball falling into canary hands, the play by rule goes back to the spot of the fumble. No good.
Steelers 16, Browns 11
9:26 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! Neither offense can get much going. Fortunately, with Chris Boswell’s cannon leg, that’s not too detrimental. Boswell hits from 52, bringing Pittsburgh’s deficit to one point.
Browns 11, Steelers 10
9:23 p.m.: Drops galore from Cleveland. Another pair forces the punt, Calvin Austin III fields confidently. The diminutive return man finds some open pasture and takes it into Browns territory. Just what you needed if you’re a Steelers supporter; offense not doing much thus far, so you got to look for other avenues for success.
9:22 p.m.: A promising drive goes up in smoke for the Steelers. Tomlin opts for a booming punt rather than a 58-yard field goal. Christian Kuntz delivers shortly thereafter, booting an inch-perfect inside the 10-yard line.
9:12 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Watson finds Chubb’s replacement, Jerome Ford, to spark Cleveland’s offense into life. Not sure just how lively it will be without Chubb, however. The Browns opt for a two-point conversion after Patrick Peterson is flagged for offsides. They convert with aplomb.
Browns 11, Steelers 7
9:10 p.m.: Chubb carted off the field to cheers from the Steelers’ faithful. That should give you some insight on just how bad his injury appeared to be.
9:07 p.m.: Chubb goes down and it looks a very bad injury. The star running back landed awkwardly after colliding with Fitzpatrick. The injury is so severe the broadcast team opted against showing it on replay.
9:05 p.m.: Cooper reels in a laser from Watson, bringing Cleveland on the brink of the end zone.
End of first quarter: Steelers 7, Browns 3
9:00 p.m.: FUMBLE! Olszewski loses the ball on the subsequent play! Ward crashes into him and Grant Delpit scoops up the change before marauding deep into Pittsburgh territory. He then fumbles hte ball after crashing into Pat Freiermuth. Cleveland ball on the very next play! The ball rolls out of bounds, much to Delpit’s delight. The quarter will mercifully come to an end.
8:52 p.m.: FUMBLE! The first down is overturned! Watson fumbled the ball, taking the ball behind the first down marker. Tomlin with a sensible challenge, with the referees determining that Pittsburgh recovered the fumble rather than the Browns. The first quarter will continue, with 22 seconds left on the clock. Bizarre sequence there.
8:51 p.m.: Watson just sneaks over the equator for first down on fourth, bringing the quarter to an end.
8:50 p.m.: Watson tries to make something out of a broken play on third down. Hits Moore, but the ball is jarred loose as he gets to the sideline. Fourth and short on the docket.
8:48 p.m.: Chubb emerges through the trenches like a cannon. Breaks through the mire not once, but twice, to bring the Browns past the 50-yard line. He’s percolating already, having rushed for 56 yards on just eight carries.
8:47 p.m.: Great back-shoulder grab by Amari Cooper keeps the chains moving. The Browns star had to evade illicit contact by Patrick Peterson to haul Watson’s pass in.
8:42 p.m.: Jaylen Warren nearly gets himself to the marker. But he’s stuffed right before reaching the finish line, prompting a punt.
8:37 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL! The Browns unable to get much of anything on the ensuing drive. Hopkins comes on the field for another 43-yarder. But he spoons his effort wide. Not the smoothest of starts for either team.
8:34 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! Kenny Pickett’s toss falls right into George Pickens’ lap. Cleveland’s defense returns the favor with an interception deep in Pittsburgh territory. The Browns will start the drive inside the red zone.
8:32 p.m.: Gunner Olzsewski bafflingly decides to catch the ball as it was hurtling out of bounds. The Steelers will start their possession at their own nine-yard line rather than the 35-yard line.
8:28 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! Dustin Hopkins nets the first three points for the Browns after Joey Porter Jr. bats away Watson’s throw to Elijah Moore.
Browns 7, Steelers 3
8:25 p.m.: Watson evades pressure before trekking beyond the marker for a first down. Strong recovery by Cleveland’s offense, which finds itself on the cusp of the red zone after a few chunk plays courtesy of Watson and Nick Chubb.
8:17 p.m.: PICK SIX! First play from scrimmage and Deshaun Watson’s throw slips out of Harrison Bryant’s hands. Falls into Minkah Fitzpatrick’s grasp, then, after a deflection, right into the mits of Alex Highsmith. The linebacker takes it the distance to start the scoring for the Steelers!
Steelers 7, Browns 0
8:15 p.m.: Kickoff on the horizon. The Browns will receive first from Acrisure Stadium.
7:45 p.m.: Watt vs. Garrett. Clash of the titans here in Cleveland. We’re about 30 minutes out from the start of tonight’s game.
7:21 p.m.: Now, this is dedication to a franchise.
Browns vs. Steelers start time
- Date: Monday, Sept. 18
- Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
While part of a doubleheader, Monday’s game between the Browns and Steelers will still start in the customary “Monday Night Football” timeslot of 8:15 p.m. ET.
What channel is Browns vs. Steelers on today?
- Game: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Date: Monday, Sept. 18
- TV channel: ABC
- Live stream: ESPN+, NFL+, Fubo (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)
Monday’s game between the Browns and Steelers will be broadcast on ABC. With the Panthers and Saints facing off on ESPN, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call the game on ABC.
There will be no “ManningCast” this week, as the Manning brothers will be off until Week 4.