However, the weirdest, wackiest game of the day came in the rainy-Cleveland conditions, where the Steelers tied the Browns 21-21. As a team, the Steelers committed five turnovers and only scored 21-points. In that game, he came out of the gate hot with two sacks and an interception.
The Browns defense, as dominant as it had been all preseason, got six takeaways: three interceptions and three fumble recoveries, including one off a strip-sack by Myles Garrett.
Meanwhile, days after several Steelers' offensive linemen called out Bell for not showing up after the preseason, right guard David DeCastro is already exhausted of talking about the running back. "I threw my hand up at the last minute, and it hit my hand - tie game". Tyrod Taylor dropped back and released a pass to the sideline to try and get a big gain to get the Browns in field goal range.
It was another positive for Gordon, who missed most of training camp to address health issues and was playing in his first season opener since 2012 because of drug and alcohol addictions.
"Disappointed for our fans", said an exasperated Jackson, who fell to 1-31-1 with Cleveland.
After that initial play Gordon sat out the rest of the series and the ensuing one before returning to play the rest of the game - he played 69 snaps, or 78 percent of the team's offensive plays. But the Browns punt from their own 26 after Bud Dupree batted a pass intended for Jarvis Landry.
It was a tough week for Browns rookie guard Austin Corbett. "He's continuing to get better as well".
Of course, because this is Cleveland, where quarterback criticism is passed down through generations, much of the postgame blame was directed at Taylor, who completed just 15 of 40 passes, got sacked seven times and missed a few open receivers in his first start for the Browns.
"Not good enough", Jackson said. "We have to do some things better". The Browns and the Steelers tied at 21.
One reason for such optimism is the development of second-year cornerback Cameron Sutton. His only catch was a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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Pittsburgh running back James Conner got the first touchdown of the game to give the Steelers an early 7-0 lead.