CLEVELAND -- Chris Rainey’s fumble with 2:25 left -- Pittsburgh’s seventh turnover -- was recovered by Cleveland’s Phil Taylor and the Browns handed their hated rivals a potentially devastating loss, 20-14 over the stumbling Steelers on Sunday.
Charlie Batch, forced to start at quarterback for Pittsburgh because of injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, was picked off three times and the Steelers (6-5) lost five fumbles, the last on the final play of the game to help the Browns (3-8) beat Pittsburgh for just the second time in 18 games.
Cleveland rookie Trent Richardson rushed for 85 yards, scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 15-yarder in the third.
Batch finished 20 of 34 for 199 yards.
Cutler shines in return
CHICAGO -- Jay Cutler threw for 188 yards and a touchdown after missing a game because of a concussion, and the Chicago Bears broke it open early in a 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead and just a game ahead of Minnesota (6-5) coming in, the Bears (8-3) grabbed a 25-3 halftime lead with Cutler connecting on just about every pass. The defense held Adrian Peterson in check early on, although he did finish with 108 yards rushing. Chicago also came away with three more takeaways to increase its league-leading total to 33.
Broncos rally past Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and the Denver Broncos rallied to beat the woeful Kansas City Chiefs 17-9 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.
Manning hit tight end Jacob Tamme late in the first half and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter, and that was more than enough to overcome three field goals by the Chiefs’ Ryan Succop as Kansas City lost its eighth straight game.
Knowshon Moreno added 85 yards rushing for the AFC West-leading Broncos.