The Steelers needed a victory today over the Browns at Heinz Field, and they got it. What they also got was the kind of performance from their quarterback they were going to need to achieve the day's goal.
Devlin Hodges made his second career start, and against a Browns team that had defeated the Steelers 17 days ago in Cleveland by intercepting four passes, he completed 14-of-21 (67 percent) for 212 yards, with one touchdown, one interception, and a rating of 95.7. He also had a 9-yard run that converted a critical third down in the second half. Hodges is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Also considered were James Washington, who caught four passes for 111 yards (27.8 average) and a 30-yard touchdown; Bud Dupree, who had six tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pass defensed, and a forced fumble that Cam Heyward recovered; Joe Haden, who had two tackles and the interception that iced the outcome; Cam Heyward, who had six tackles, a half-sack, and a fumble recovery; Javon Hargrave, who had six tackles and a sack in the fourth quarter that knocked the Browns out of field goal range; Mike Hilton, who had five tackles and two passes defensed; and Benny Snell, who had 63 yards rushing on 16 carries (3.9 average) and a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter.