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NFL Week 13 PFF ReFocused: Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Cleveland Browns 13

Duck Hodges turned in a strong performance to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 20-13 win over the Cleveland Browns at home in Week 13.

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Final Score

Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Cleveland Browns 13

Pittsburgh Steelers

Duck Hodges did not look comfortable in the pocket to start the game and had a tendency to drift out of it rather than step up in the pocket. He began to warm up in the second quarter. Hodges' best throw of the first half was a well-placed go route to James Washington down the left sideline for a 31-yard gain. Hodges later hit Washington for a 30-yard touchdown. Hodges hit Washington with another beautiful deep pass down the right sideline for a 44-yard gain in the third quarter.

James Washington appeared to have a good connection with Hodges, as Washington made some big catches on his productive day. Washington’s best catch of the day came at the end of the first half when he caught a 30-yard touchdown after being interfered with by T.J. Carrie.

Pittsburgh's defense kept Baker Mayfield under pressure throughout the day. Both T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree beat the Browns' offensives tackles for multiple pressures. 

The Steelers' secondary was impressive, as well. Veteran cornerback Joe Haden made the play of the day with his game-winning interception of Mayfield late in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland Browns

Terrance Mitchell caught the only interception of Hodges on the day, as there appeared to be a miscommunication between Hodges and his intended receiver Diontae Johnson.

Chad Thomas sacked Hodges to end the Steelers' first drive after Hodges drifted out of the pocket. Sheldrick Redwine made a reaching pass breakup on a deep route intended for Johnson.

Baker Mayfield did not have a good day against the Steelers' defense. He made few strong throws and also threw the game away on a seam that he put behind Jarvis Landry and into the hands of Haden.

The Browns involved Kareem Hunt in the running game more than they have in any other game this season, and he rewarded them with his signature hard running and excellent balance through contact as tacklers bounced off of him.

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