11/25/2012 10:19 AM
Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Spread: Steelers minus-1 (at a few books)
Public consensus pick: N/A
SuperContestants: 115-88 in favor of Steelers
Public perception: This line just started going up Wednesday with Charlie Batch replacing Byron Leftwich at quarterback for Pittsburgh, and even though I haven't seen any betting stats from the public yet, I feel it's safe to predict they'll land on the Steelers coming off their near upset of the Ravens on Sunday night.
Wiseguys' view: The wiseguys have shown more faith in the Browns than the public has, and were rewarded with Cleveland covering against Dallas last week as one of the top five consensus plays in the SuperContest. Still, the sharps will probably be split on this matchup.
Tuley's Take: I am a little surprised this number came up so short, so I'm making it my "Chalk Play of the Week." I do respect what the Browns have been doing, but they generally need more points to be a good bet. The Steelers, who again gave the Ravens all they could handle, should step up on defense and do enough on offense for a comfortable win. The pick: Steelers.