Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was surprised the score was so close considering how many times his team gave the ball to the Browns. He should be.
The last time the Steelers turned the ball over eight times was the 1989 season opener to the Browns. The score: Browns 51, Steelers 0.
On Sunday, Pittsburgh turned the ball over on half of its 16 possessions. The Steelers averaged one turnover every 6.8 plays.
Third-string quarterback Charlie Batch threw three interceptions, including two in the fourth quarter. Five players lost fumbles: all four running backs (Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Chris Rainey) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to have five different players fumble was the 2009 Cardinals.
Tomlin has a history of sitting running backs when they fumble, but ...
"After everybody does it, obviously there aren't very many choices left," he said.
STAT THAT STICKS: 2 -- Losses to rookie quarterbacks since Dick LeBeau became Steelers defensive coordinator in 2004. The Steelers have now lost to the Ravens' Troy Smith in 2007 and the Browns' Brandon Weeden on Sunday.
OVERHEARD: "That was like a damn video game. We just got to find ways to stop them. ... We play close games all the time; we're used to playing like that. We had a chance at the end and we didn't get it done." -- Nose tackle Casey Hampton to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
WHAT'S NEXT: The Steelers (6-5) are looking to avoid getting swept by the Ravens (9-2) for a second straight season Sunday in Baltimore.