Browns relish turning the tables on JuJu Smith-Schuster after blowout of Steelers

Dan Mennella
January 11, 2021 - 9:57 am

The Cleveland Browns exorcised years of demons with Sunday's resounding victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers -- and they appeared to enjoy every moment of it.

The Browns let the good times roll after they beat down their longtime division rivals, a scene that included at least a couple jabs at Steelers star JuJu Smith-Schuster, who came under scrutiny this season for a series of flamboyant celebrations that seemed to irk some of his opponents.

The speedy wideout also supplied Cleveland with bulletin-board in the days leading up to the game, when he appeared to dismiss Browns players as the same "nameless gray faces" he sees every week, plainly observing that "the Browns is the Browns."

On Sunday night, the Browns rode a series of Steelers gaffes to a 28-point first quarter and a lead that they would never relinquish. The Steelers pulled to within striking distance in the second half, but the Browns' lead never truly seemed to be in jeopardy.

Cleveland players including quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Jarvis Landry appeared to troll Smith-Schuster, the avatar for all their frustration with a Steelers franchise that has had its way with the Browns throughout Cleveland's nearly two-decade playoff drought.

Mayfield, while hustling into the Browns' locker room to joins his teammates for celebrations, appeared to quip "the Browns is the Browns" in the tunnel in Heinz Field.

Meanwhile wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who reeled in five catches for 92 yards and a touchdown, seemed to break into Smith-Schuster's trademark dance in the Browns locker room.

Smith-Schuster, for his part, seemed to take the loss in relatively good stride.

After the game, he gave the Browns credit -- but said he stood by his original comments.

"I don't regret saying what I said," he said in a postgame Zoom call. "I said the Browns is the Browns. They came out and played a hell of a game. There's been games where you lose some, you win some, and today wasn't our night. Hopefully, the same Browns show up against the next opponent, and they go out there and do the same thing they did tonight and have a hell of a game."

Smith-Schuster had a nice game, with 13 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown.

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