Ugly tie: Browns coach: Taylor, offense must ‘play better’

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Their 17-game losing streak was over. Tyrod Taylor was one of the beneficiaries that it didn't. The All-Pro running back is still holding out over a bitter contract dispute, causing some animosity among his teammates.

The Cleveland Browns managed to not lose on Sunday for the first time since December of 2016, but their tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers should have been a win.

But the Browns, being the Browns, couldn't finish the job.

"Tyrod got hit way too much", left guard Joel Bitonio said.

The Browns won the toss in overtime and elected to receive, but went three-and-out on their first three drives in overtime. At least that can't happen again.

It was the league's first Week 1 tie since 1971, and the first time in 133 games the Browns and Steelers couldn't settle their rivalry on the field. He opened the scoring with a 4-yard run in the second quarter, and then ran in from 22 with 5:23 left in the third to increase the Steelers' lead to 21-7.

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Bell isn't happy with Pittsburgh placing him on the franchise tag for the second consecutive season, and he has continued his holdout.

The Steelers took over at their 17, but punted from their 28 after Larry Ogunjobi sacked Roethlisberger for a 10-yard loss. I felt my feet get down. We didn't get the job done. "It just gives you a sick taste in your mouth".

Gordon's touchdown capped off a string of 14 straight points from the Browns that drew them even with the Steelers, and the veteran pass catcher believes the fourth-quarter effort will provide plenty of motivation for the players as they begin preparations for next Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, which will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Roethlisberger passed for 335 yards, but he was upset Pittsburgh's offense couldn't put away the Browns. "We just didn't make them".

"We got guys who can get the ball and are ball hawks", defensive lineman Myles Garrett said.

They failed to win the game despite getting six takeaways by their opportunistic defense: three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker Brandon Marshall, and Seahawks linemen Duane Brown and Quinton Jefferson, retreated to their respective tunnels while the anthem played.

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