Highlight: The Steelers’ offense established the run, with Willie Parker doing damage inside. Parker rushed for 33 yards, and had four carries of 4 yards or more, including an 11-yarder.
Lowlight: The Steelers’ defense yielded two big pass plays from quarterback Derek Anderson to Joe Jurevicius on Cleveland’s opening drive before tightening and forcing a punt.
Pivotal play: Ben Roethlisberger hit a wide-open Nate Washington down the sideline with a 49-yard touchdown pass. Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden couldn’t keep up with Washington, who was so open he had to wait on Roethlisberger’s toss and still scored standing.
Steelers 7, Browns 0
Highlight: The defense dominated Cleveland at the point of attack and confused Anderson, who was making his first NFL start, with different looks. Anderson was forced to check down and locate secondary receivers.
Lowlight: The Steelers settled for Jeff Reed’s 23-yard field goal after having first-and-goal at the 9. After Parker gained 4 yards on first down, Roethlisberger threw two consecutive incompletions in the end zone. Reed later had a 35-yard field goal blocked.
Pivotal play: Defensive end Aaron Smith kept the Browns out of scoring range when he stripped Anderson of the ball and recovered the fumble at the Cleveland 49.
Steelers 10, Browns 0
Highlight: Parker continued to gash the Browns. On a signature drive, he rushed five consecutive times for 36 yards. The next time the Steelers had the ball, Parker gained 45 yards on three carries, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run.
Lowlight: About the only thing the Steelers didn’t do well was sack the quarterback. They were otherwise flawless in forcing the Browns into two three-and-outs and also coming up with safety Anthony Smith’s first NFL interception.
Pivotal play: Parker’s 39-yard run up the middle answered the critics who said he can’t run inside. Parker became the first Steeler to have two 200-yard rushing games.
Steelers 24, Browns 0
Highlight: The Steelers were in such control that they took Parker out of the game and turned conservative offensively.
Lowlight: For the second week in a row, the Steelers lost a chance for a shutout on a late score. Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards caught a 45-yard touchdown pass with 5:20 remaining.
Pivotal play: The Steelers were in complete control because they dominated time of possession thanks to Parker and committed just one turnover.
Steelers 27, Browns 7