The Browns could not reach the end zone on their first drive of the second half, but a 24-yard field goal from rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez trimmed the Steelers' lead down to four points, 14-10, with 9:27 to play in the third quarter.
The best sign for Pittsburgh was converting 2-of-2 red-zone trips into touchdowns, courtesy of James' 4-yard muscle catch in the back of the end zone and a 2-yard variation of a shovel-pass play.
This was all done without Myles Garrett, which should give fans some hope that this defense can be great considering the Steelers are one of the better teams the Browns will face all season.
The fourth-year safety finished the game with 2 tackles. Chickillo, starting in place of injured Bud Dupree, and rookie T.J. Watt brought down Kizer twice each. Bell wants to make almost double that, though he believes he should be compensated for his major role in Pittsburgh's passing game. That's when Watt came up with a huge play, intercepting Kizer and returning it 17 yards.
After opening the game with a blocked punt for a touchdown, the Steelers looked poised to make things look easy.
Roethlisberger passed for 263 yards.
The second Roethlisberger-to-James touchdown combination of the day gave the Steelers a 21-10 lead over the Browns. A few plays later, Roethlisberger threaded his TD pass to James.