Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns News & Picks
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns
|Pittsburgh Steelers||+3½ -110||42½ -110o||+160|
|Cleveland Browns||-3½ -110||42½ -110u||-180|
**Odds as of 10/25/2021**
The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in a crucial AFC North matchup. The Steelers headed into a Week 7 bye after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 23-20 in overtime. Meanwhile, the injury-riddled Browns are coming off a 17-14 win against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. NFL football lines opened up with Browns as the -3 favorite, with the total opening at 42½.
It hasn’t been easy, but the Steelers (3-3) have won two straight to move to .500, although they are last in the division.
If the Steelers are going to get a win, they must stop the run. In Week 6, the Steelers gave up 100 yards to backup running back Alex Collins. The Browns have the best rushing attack in the league and Pittsurgh will have its hands full if it can’t defend the run.
Ben Roethlisberger and the offense is starting to return to form. He is spreading the ball around nicely, connecting with seven different receivers. The play-calling has been rock solid and it showed with the offense scoring 50 points in their last two games. Rookie running back Najee Harris has scored in three straight
The Browns were able to stymie Denver’s offense on Thursday night with a shutout effort in the first half, holding the Broncos to 100 yards in the first 30 minutes. It was a much-needed strong effort by the defense after giving up a combined 84 points in the previous two games.
Starting for the injured Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum provided a serviceable performance by throwing for 199 yards and a touchdown. Surprisingly, the running game sparked the offense despite the absence of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. with D’Ernest Johnson breaking out for 146 yards and a touchdown on 6.6 yards per carry.