CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns and Steelers renew their rivalry on Thursday night to kick off Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season. Kickoff in Cleveland is at 8:15 p.m. Eastern.
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The Browns blew a 13-point lead with 1:55 to play in a shocking 31-30 loss to the Jets on Sunday. The Steelers also fell to 1-1 on Sunday as their offense struggled in a 17-14 loss to the Patriots.
Who: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-1).
When: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.
Time: 8:15 p.m. Eastern.
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland (67,895).
TV: WEWS Channel 5 (in Cleveland area);
Latest line: Browns -4.5.
Announcers: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung.
Read some of what Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com wrote about the Browns trying to figure out their communication issues from Sunday’s collapse vs. the Jets.
But Ward, the Browns new $20.1 million-a-year man, said he’ll take the rap.
“If there’s someone you want to blame, I will take full blame for that play or whatever plays that we had,” he said Monday on a Zoom conference. “I think the biggest thing is we all just need to get on the same page.”
The TD was one of two by old Ravens foe Joe Flacco in the final 1:22 that cost the Browns their 31-30 loss after going ahead 30-17 with 1:55 remaining. The other was the 15-yard game winner to Garrett Wilson in the middle of the end zone with 22 seconds remaining.
But on the go-route, Ward let Davis sprint past him down the right side, and safety Grant Delpit appeared to be the last line of defense. But it’s still somewhat unclear who was supposed to have whom.
“I was playing the flat,” Ward said. “I was playing like a Cover-2 cloud corner.”
Ward said in that instance, he was supposed to let Davis go while he manned the flat and that he shouldn’t have vacated his area to try to save the potential blown coverage. As it was, tight end Tyler Conklin ran a late flat route to occupy Ward.
But Delpit, who appeared to be the culprit if it wasn’t Ward, didn’t concede he blew it.
“It was a two-call play and depending on the formation, we play either call,” said Delpit. “So, it was a communication error.”
Asked what his assignment was, Delpit stuck to guns.
But with Ward stating it wasn’t his coverage, was it Delpit’s?
“I’m not going to play the blame game with my teammates so I’m just going to leave it as it was a communication error,” Delpit said.
Does he wish everyone would be ambiguous about whether or not it was their responsibility?
“Yeah, on to the next week,” he said.
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