Steelers vs. Browns Breakdown
One team is in a must-win situation while the other may be in a must-lose to do what’s best. Can the Cleveland Browns possibly hang with the Pittsburgh Steelers today?
According to oddsmakers at MyBookie.ag, Pittsburgh is the clear favorite on the road today, as the Steelers are getting odds of -11 points against the Browns. The over/under total for this game has been set at 47 points. These two meet today at 1PM ET on CBS.
Following a mind-boggling loss to the Ravens last week, the Steelers (9-6, 8-6-1 ATS) are now on the outside-looking-in on the playoffs. They need a win today over the Browns (3-12, 6-9 ATS) and a Jets loss to the Bills to get in. Cleveland is currently tied for the league’s worst record with the Titans, so a win could damage their chances at the No. 1 overall pick. The public betting for this game is overwhelmingly with the Steelers, as Pittsburgh is getting 77 percent of the wagers as an 11-point road favorite against Cleveland. These two met back on Nov. 15, with the Steelers getting a 30-9 home victory. Pittsburgh has won five of the last six in this series while going 4-2 against the spread in those six games. Pittsburgh has failed to cover in its last two entering today’s game while Cleveland is 2-1 ATS in its last three.
The Steelers come in pretty healthy for the game as the only questionable player of note is receiver Martavis Bryant, who is battling an illness. He has 49 catches for 765 yards and six touchdowns this season. The Browns have an important injury on the O-line as Joe Thomas has a knee injury that has him questionable to play. Johnny Manziel is also out due to concussion, which means Austin Davis will get the start under center. He has played in two games this season, going 32 of 48 passing for 307 yards with one touchdown and one interception.