Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns: Preview and Pick
7 Replies | 168 ViewsOn 11/18/2013 04:33 PM in NFL
The Cleveland Browns had a chance to take control of the AFC North with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals but they stumbled badly after starting the game off with a big lead. Now they will host the surging Pittsburgh Steelers who are looking to make a late run to the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game has the Browns listed as (-2.5) point favorites. The public has bailed on the Browns and they are favoring the Steelers in this game. The early betting returns from sports betting consensus shows that over 78 percent of the money coming in is on the Steelers. Due to this influx of cash the line has moved and can now be found at (-2) still in favor of the Browns. Check for the latest point spread at your favorite top rated online sportsbook when the games gets closer to kick off.
It could be argued that the Browns should have won the game against the Benagls. In the second quarter the Bengals had the ball for 3:42. The Browns had it for 11:18. Cincinnati scored 31 points, the Browns 0. That's what happens when a punt is blocked, another tipped, and the offense commits two turnovers. Those four plays were the difference between a close game and a 21-point loss. It might mean nothing because the Browns fell behind in the second quarter and had to throw a lot (Jason Campbell threw 56 passes). But Chris Ogbonnaya was on the field for 46 plays and Willis McGahee was on the field for just 13. Ogonnaya also was the Browns' leading rusher in yards and attempts. The Browns won’t give up on McGahee, but they might be moving more toward Ogbonnaya. They will need to run the rock if they hope to beat the Steelers.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that there is Steeler dominance in this series. Pittsburgh is 10-2 straight up in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Cleveland and they are17-2 straight up in its last 19 games when playing Cleveland overall. Pittsburgh is 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last 6 games on the road and 4-9-1 straight up in its last 14 games. The total has gone under in 12 of Cleveland's last 18 games at home and the Browns are 1-3-1 straight up in its last 5 games.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.