3 big takeaways from the Steelers loss to the Browns

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Curt Popejoy
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When does a loss feel like a win? When a team with 1/3 of the starters on the bench goes into a hostile environment against a team with the season on the line and only lose by two points. This was the exact scenario the Steelers found themselves in with their 24-22 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Here are our big takeaways from this game.

Steelers opted for some serious gamesmanship

With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back home in Pittsburgh, the Steelers showcased Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs at quarterback. The use of Dobbs in the zone-read was particularly clever as it gives the Browns one more thing to prepare for this week, even if the Steelers don't use it.

Coming out healthy

Aside from a few dings, the Steelers came out of this game healthy and ready for next week. We saw linebacker Vince Williams come off as well as linebacker Marcus Allen and wide receiver Chase Claypool. Fortunately, all three guys were able to return to the game.

The energy level was elite

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Even without several of the most high-energy guys on the team not dressed for the game, this might have been the best energy level from start to finish I've seen out of this team in more than a month.