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Browns Think Steelers Tried and Failed to Copy Jets in Week 3 Loss

Larry Rupp
The Browns think the Steelers tried and failed to copy the Jets in the Week 3 loss.
The Browns think the Steelers tried and failed to copy the Jets in the Week 3 loss. / AP Photos/Kirk Irwin
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A disaster of a second half proved to be the downfall for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 as they lost to the Cleveland Browns by a final score of 29-17. In a weird turn of events, the Browns have said that they feel the Steelers tried and failed to copy a strategy the New York Jets used in a Week 2 win.

Steelers vs Browns Week 3

Insider Josina Anderson explained that the Browns pointed to the Jets' double-chip protection as a main reason why they are able to complete a comeback in the final few minutes. It's an offensive scheme that involves chipping defensive ends with running backs and tight ends to keep them at bay.

The scheme eliminates the possibility of a speed rush along the outside and allows interior offensive linemen to prepare for a bull rush up the middle. As a result, quarterback Joe Flacco had all day in the pocket to find his receivers down the field. It didn't work out the same way for the Steelers, though.

It's not surprising that a team tried to do whatever it could to slow down Myles Garrett. What is surprising is that the strategy essentially eliminated a target in the passing attack for QB Mitchell Trubisky to throw to. That is not the greatest idea for an offense that has struggled through the air.

These teams don't meet up again until the final week of the regular season. Everything or nothing could be on the line in that matchup. For now, the Browns have odds set at +310 to win the AFC North division, while the Steelers have odds set at +1000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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