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Steelers vs. Browns, Week 12: Cleveland's physical play pays off

The Browns defeated the Steelers on Sunday thanks to eight forced turnovers.

Matt Sullivan

The Cleveland Browns notched a 20-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, mainly because they were able to force eight turnovers. Forcing eight turnovers involves its fair share of luck, but Chris Pokorny of SB Nation's Browns blog Dawgs By Nature says that Cleveland was rewarded for its style of play.

Cleveland played a very physical game defensively against the Steelers, and it paid off.

(via Dawgs By Nature)

Despite those eight turnovers, the Browns only managed to scrape together 20 points against the league's top-ranked defense, and Pokorny does note that ideally Cleveland would have capitalized more on those turnovers and opened up a comfortable lead on a depleted Pittsburgh team.

That said, a win is a win, especially for a team like Cleveland who entered the game with just two of them. It won't do anything to change the fortunes of the team in 2012, but for Browns fans "everything is officially right in the world again."

Cleveland will look for its second win in a row next Sunday when it visits the Oakland Raiders.

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