Steelers, Browns each kick away chances at victory

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) catches a touchdown as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton (20) defends during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns defense, as dominant as it had been all preseason, got six takeaways: three interceptions and three fumble recoveries, including one off a strip-sack by Myles Garrett.

Now, with the first game in the books everyone can go back on Bell watch for a few days as the Steelers try and sort out how to outscore the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs.

Tyrod Taylor's 17-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon sent it to overtime, and neither team could find a way to win it on a wet, sloppy field.

"Disappointed for our fans", said an exasperated Jackson, who fell to 1-31-1 with Cleveland. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder to Randall Cobb with 2:13 left in the game.

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It was another positive for Gordon, who missed most of training camp to address health issues and was playing in his first season opener since 2012 because of drug and alcohol addictions.

The Browns revamped offensive line, with rookie Desmond Harrison at left tackle, surrendered - sacks. It's better than a loss, sure, but we came in here ready to win. Jarvis Landry was the Cleveland Browns leading receiver with seven catches for 106 yards receiving.

Each team had a field goal attempt in overtime, the Steelers missed a field goal and Pittsburgh blocked Cleveland's field goal.

The Ravens get the quickest turnaround of the bunch, as the team will head to Cincinatti to play the Bengals on Thursday at 8:20 p.m. "Anything less is not good enough". The Browns and the Steelers tied at 21. Some team officials told La Canfora that they expect the running back will skip 4-6 games to reduce his risk of injury. Quarterback Ben Roehtlisberger threw for 335 yards, but had three interceptions. Two plays later, he bolted for 22 yards on third down, and then hit James for 13 to the Browns' 11.

To be fair, the last time the Steelers played to a tie, Tommy Maddox threw for 473 yards, Plaxico Burress had 253 yards receiving and Amos Zereoue (!) ran for another 123 yards in a 34-34 finish against Michael Vick and the Falcons on November 10, 2002.

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