Sunday, October 18, 2009
Browns-Steelers halftime notes
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers lead the Cleveland Browns, 17-7, at intermission.
Here are some halftime observations:
- The Browns used the Wildcat offense more in the first half Sunday they had all season. Joshua Cribbs took a lot of snaps at quarterback and even threw the football a couple times, which included an interception. The expanded package shows the Browns are trying different avenues to spark an offense that’s struggled most of this season.
- Pittsburgh Pro Bowl Troy Polamalu looks solid in his return. He made the first tackle of the game for the Steelers and also picked off Cribbs in the first quarter. Polamalu isn’t playing at the line of scrimmage as much and staying back in coverage in the first half. He has two tackles and an interception through two quarters.
- Browns quarterback Derek Anderson isn’t off to a great start. A week after completing 2 of 17 passes, Anderson is 2 for 9 for 14 yards in the first half. Perhaps the Wildcat formation is hurting his ability to get in rhythm, but the Browns aren’t making many plays in the passing game.
- Cleveland’s offense isn’t doing much, but Cribbs put up points via the return game. Cribbs’ 98-yard kickoff return was the team’s only score. It also added to Cribbs’ success against Pittsburgh, as he’s given the Steelers plenty of headaches in the past.