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But he did say the plan was to inflict “good punishment.”
And that’s exactly what the Steelers did, sacking Mayfield four times and intercepting him twice in a 38-7 win that gave Pittsburgh just the second 5-0 start in franchise history and first since 1978. It was also the Steelers’ first win against a team with a winning record this season.
“That was varsity ball today,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “They stepped up and stepped up big all across the board.”
It wasn’t all good news, though, as inside linebacker and defensive playcaller Devin Bush went out with a knee injury in the second quarter. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the injury is an ACL tear and Bush will need season-ending surgery.
The 2019 first-round pick played every defensive snap until the injury. He was replaced by Robert Spillane, who had just one defensive snap before this season.
Even without Bush, the Steelers dominated the Browns (4-2).
“As a D-line and