NFL Betting Preview Browns vs. Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium for an AFC West battle in Cleveland. Pittsburgh (3-3) is riding a two-game winning streak and is coming off a bye, while Cleveland (4-3) got a mini bye after taking out the Broncos 17-14 last Thursday night. 

Both teams are fighting to stay in contention in a tight AFC North race. The Browns are one game back, while the Steelers are one and a half games back. That being said, all eyes should be on this division showdown. 

Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Preview: Steelers looking for a third straight win

Last time out, the Steelers took care of the Seahawks in overtime on Sunday Night football. It hasn’t been easy, but after winning two straight games, the Steelers find themselves back to .500 and in contention for the division. 

Big Ben Roethlisberger and the offense are starting to put things together. After having one of the worst QBR’s through the first four weeks of the season, Big Ben has rebounded for three touchdowns, no turnovers, and almost 500 passing yards in his last two games. 

Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada has made it and emphasized getting the ball to his playmakers more. Big Ben has embraced the opportunity to spread the ball to seven different receivers against the Seahawks, while four different rushers had touches. 

Makes Harris has been the big standout, notching back to back 125+ yards from scrimmage, along with two touchdowns. For that reason, the Steelers have produced 50 points over their last two games. 

The defense, however, needs major improvement after the Seahawks ran all over them. The defense will emphasize defending the run after allowing backup running back Alex Collins to produce 100 yards on the ground. 

The Browns own the number one rushing attack in the league, while the Steelers rank 12th against the run. The defensive line is loaded with studs like TJ Watt but will be significantly tested against the Browns. 

Cleveland Brown Betting Preview: Injuries can’t slow down Browns

The Browns find themselves in third place and one game back in the AFC North Division. Last time out, the Browns escaped the Broncos with a victory on Thursday Night football. 

Case Keenen got the start in place of the injured Baker Mayfield and did precisely what you’d expect a veteran signal-caller to do, leading the Browns with 199 yards, one touchdown, and the win. D’Ernest Johnson sparked the offense, breaking out for 168 total yards and one touchdown. 

Be that as it may, the offense struggled to find its footing. The injury-ridden squad played without Baker Mayfield and their star running back from Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb. That being said, if they are unable to play, the offense will certainly be limited. 

The defense has gotten beat up pretty bad, giving up 84 points over their last two games. Despite this, they came out against the Broncos and rebounded, conceding just 14 points and holding the Broncos to 100 total yards in the first half. 

Myles Garrett has been a beast this year, and last week he recorded his league-leading 9.5 sacks. The defense ranks second in total defense but only has five takeaways. They’ll look for more when the Steelers come into town. 

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Betting Lines & Odds

Early betting odds onMyBookie have the Browns as the -3.5 home favorite, and the total is set at 42.5 points. 

Moneyline: Steelers +165 | Browns -195

Free Betting Pick

The Browns have somehow managed to pound the football without their top two running backs and move the chains. Additionally, the defense is starting to pick up the slack after a dominating performance against the Broncos. 

However, I think there will be an upset brewing. The Steelers’ offense has been explosive and will be coming off a bye week in a crucial division matchup. I expect to see the veteran presence of Mike Tomlin and Roethlisberger play out in this one, and I think the Steelers will steal one on the road. 

BetUSASports Free Pick: Steelers ML +165

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