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               === Eight turnovers doom Steelers in Cleveland ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH (Sports  Network) -  Ben Roethlisberger's  return may  come too
 little  and too  late for the Pittsburgh  Steelers to achieve their goal of an
 AFC North title.
 
 Emergency  starter  Charlie Batch  threw three  interceptions and the Steelers
 turned  the ball over eight times in all during an ugly 20-14 road loss to the
 Cleveland Browns that could impact their postseason chances later on.
 
 Trent  Richardson had  112  yards from  scrimmage and  rushed  for a  go-ahead
 touchdown  in the third quarter to help the Browns (3-8) register only a third
 victory  in  their last 25 matchups  with the division-rival Steelers, but the
 Cleveland defense turned out to be the biggest stars of the game.
 
 The  Browns  recovered five  fumbles --  including one  each by four different
 Pittsburgh  running  backs --  in addition  to their three  picks of Batch and
 scored 17 points off the Steelers' litany of errors.
 
 "That  was  an ugly performance," said  Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin. "If
 you turn the ball over the way we did today, you're not going to beat anybody,
 that's  just the reality in the National Football League. I'm surprised it was
 that close given the turnover situation."
 
 Brandon Weeden added a touchdown pass while completing 17-of-26 throws for 158
 yards  with an  interception for the Browns,  who are now 3-3 following an 0-5
 beginning to the season.
 
 Pittsburgh  (6-5),  meanwhile, has now  dropped two straight heading into next
 week's  showdown at the AFC North front-running Ravens, who dealt the Steelers
 a  13-10  defeat in the  Steel City last Sunday  in a game Roethlisberger also
 missed due to injuries to his right shoulder and ribs.
 
 The  Steelers will  enter that  clash  three games  behind the  Ravens in  the
 division standings after Baltimore earned a 16-13 overtime win in San Diego on
 Sunday.
 
 Cleveland  also  held Pittsburgh to just  242 total yards, with Batch managing
 199 through the air on 20-of-34 passing.
 
 "When  I  talk about this  game, you talk about  the defense, of course," said
 Browns  head coach Pat Shurmur. "We had seven sacks last week [against Dallas]
 and we had eight turnovers this week. We held Pittsburgh to 1-for-9 on [third]
 down  and that's outstanding stuff. We can talk about how the game was played,
 but our guys stepped up and did an outstanding job defensively."
 
 The  Steelers were actually the opportunistic ones early on, as Weeden's third
 pass of the afternoon was tipped at the line by Brett Keisel and landed in the
 awaiting  arms of linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who raced untouched 53 yards to
 send the Steelers in front just over a minute into the contest.
 
 With  the  exception of an  84-yard touchdown drive near  the end of the first
 half, that would be Pittsburgh's lone highlight of a mistake-marred day.
 
 The  barrage  of miscues began  on Pittsburgh's initial offensive series, when
 Rashard  Mendenhall coughed up the ball after a hard hit from Ahtyba Rubin and
 Usama Young recovered for Cleveland on the Steelers' 44-yard line.
 
 Four straight runs by Richardson and Montario Hardesty moved the Browns inside
 the  red  zone, though the drive  would ultimately stall and Cleveland settled
 for a Phil Dawson 28-yard field goal with 8:25 to play in the first quarter.
 
 Pittsburgh's second giveaway occurred deep in their own end, when Isaac Redman
 fumbled  on a  third-down draw at the Steelers' 10-yard line and Buster Skrine
 came  out  of the  pile with  possession. The turnover  set up Weeden's 5-yard
 delivery  to  Jordan Cameron  on  a  post route  that  gave  Cleveland a  10-7
 advantage early in the second quarter.
 
 "It  was a great  read by Brandon," said Cameron. "There were no safeties over
 the  top and  we threw it right into  the corner. It was all him. He threw the
 ball in the perfect spot."
 
 The  Steelers' offense sputtered again on its next trip, giving the Browns the
 ball  back  near midfield  on a punt.  Weeden would complete  all three of his
 attempts  on  a 10-play, 44-yard  sequence that culminated in Dawson's 32-yard
 field goal that extended the lead to six late in the first half.
 
 Batch  was  finally able  to generate  something positive before intermission,
 connecting  on several throws to march Pittsburgh into Cleveland territory for
 the  first time. A defensive pass interference call on Sheldon Brown on a deep
 strike  intended for the newly-acquired Plaxico Burress placed the ball on the
 1-yard  line  with seven seconds left,  and Chris Rainey crossed the goal line
 just  before  time expired  to send the  Steelers into the  break with a 14-13
 edge.
 
 That  wouldn't be a sign of things to come, however. Brown picked off Batch at
 the Pittsburgh 31 midway through the third quarter, and Richardson broke off a
 15-yard  touchdown run three plays later to put Cleveland back ahead with 5:19
 to go in the period.
 
 The  game would  remain a six-point difference entering the fourth quarter, as
 the  Browns generated  little  offense in  the second  half  and the  Steelers
 continued to be plagued by an inability to hold onto the ball.
 
 Pittsburgh  had a  scoring chance after Batch found Emmanuel Sanders for a 15-
 yard  gain to  the Cleveland 28 with  under 13 minutes left, but his next pass
 was   deflected  and   intercepted  by  lineman  Billy  Winn  to  thwart  that
 opportunity.
 
 "With us being in that situation, I put the game on my shoulders to try and go
 down  and  put my team  in the end  zone, and I wasn't  able to do that," said
 Batch.
 
 Four  of the  Steelers' final five drives  would end in a turnover, with Batch
 picked  off by  Joe  Haden  with around  three  minutes  remaining and  Rainey
 fumbling  on a  reception shortly  afterward.  Pittsburgh also  had a  lateral
 attempt  by  Mike Wallace  to Sanders  mishandled on the  final play, with the
 Browns recovering as time ran out.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Burress,  who spent his first five NFL seasons with the Steelers from 2000-04,
 was  signed on  Tuesday due to fellow wide receivers Antonio Brown (ankle) and
 Jerricho  Cotchery  (ribs) inactive due  to injuries. He  did not have a catch
 while  being  targeted twice ...  The loss was  only Pittsburgh's third in its
 last  16  clashes with the Browns  in Cleveland ... Steelers linebacker LaMarr
 Woodley left the contest in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not
 return,  while  offensive tackle Mike Adams  exited in the second half with an
 ankle  problem as well  ... Cameron's TD catch was the first of his career and
 ended  a string  of  29  straight Cleveland  possessions  without a  touchdown
 against Pittsburgh ... Dawson has now made 27 consecutive field goal attempts,
 which matches a career best, and is a perfect 21-of-21 on the season.
 
 11/25 20:05:29 ET

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