Steelers-Browns halftime notes


CLEVELAND -- The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the Browns 31-3 at halftime.

Here are some notes at intermission:

  • Pittsburgh Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu made his first appearance in three games and made an instant impact. Polamalu picked off Browns quarterback Colt McCoy on Cleveland's opening drive. The play led to a Mike Wallace 56-yard touchdown reception on Pittsburgh's opening play to give the Steelers an early lead. Polamalu has tied a career high with seven interceptions this season.

  • McCoy is struggling for the second game in a row. He's thrown for 108 yards and three interceptions. The rookie third-round draft pick now has six interceptions in his last six quarters, which isn't the way he wants to go into the offseason. After a solid start, more questions will linger about McCoy's poor play of late, particularly in cold-weather games.

  • Entering the game, I felt Browns coach Eric Mangini’s fate was already sealed. But I really can't see him surviving this debacle now. Cleveland is getting drilled by its biggest rival again and his team didn't show up for this game. Barring a miracle, Mangini will end the year on a four-game losing streak, which isn't a good sign.

  • There were two injuries in the first half. Pittsburgh starting cornerback Bryant McFadden suffered a groin injury in the first quarter and his return is questionable. Browns receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs had a foot injury in the first quarter but he returned.