Free NFL Prediction: Steelers vs Browns
Week 17 NFL betting sees the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday January 3 at the FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, OH. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NFL season long so stay tuned for more FREE NFL predictions.
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-12)
Date: Sunday January 3
Time: 1 PM
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, OH.
ATS Betting Lines: Steelers -10
NFL Moneyline Odds: OFF strong>
NFL Betting Total: 47.5
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Boy did the Steelers blow it last week, as they lost to a Baltimore Ravens’ team that is ravaged by injuries and that loss was a big one.
They had won 3 straight and now they have to beat Cleveland and have the Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets to make the playoffs.
In their 3-game winning streak the Steelers’ offense was on fire averaging 37 ppg, but they struggled only scoring 17 points in the loss to Baltimore last week.
The Browns are headed to, yet another, high draft pick and they are double-digit home betting underdogs.
Johnny Manziel will get another start, but the Cleveland offense has only scored 13 points in each of their last 2 games.
Earlier this season in Pittsburgh the Steelers crushed the Browns 30-9 even though Manziel had a big game.
In their last games the Steelers lost to the Baltimore Ravens 20-17 and the Browns lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 17-13.
On the season the Browns are 2-5 at home and the Steelers are 3-4 on the road.
Ben Roethlisberger was picked off 2 times in the loss to the Ravens and star WR Antonio Brown was held to only 61 yards.
While both of these players were stymied in the last game they each torched Cleveland in the easy home win earlier this season with Big Ben passing for 379 yards with 3 TD and Brown had 178 receiving yards.
They will face a Cleveland pass defense that ranks 19th in the league, but was not bad last week in the loss to the Chiefs.
DeAngelo Williams was one of the few bright spots for the Steelers last week rushing for 100 yards with 2 TD and he also had 6 catches for 53 yards.
He was held in check in the earlier game facing the Browns, but will be facing a Cleveland run defense that ranks dead last in the NFL.
The Steelers have won 5 of their last 6 games facing the Browns.
Manziel did not have a big passing game in the loss to the Chiefs with only 136 yards with an INT, but he did rush for over 100 yards.
In the earlier loss to the Steelers Johnny Football passed for 379 yards, but the Browns still only scored 9 points.
Isaiah Crowell rushed for 88 yards in the loss to the Chiefs and while Manziel and the Browns have been moving the chains pretty well they have still struggled to put points on the board.
Manziel and Crowell may have a hard time on the ground facing a Pittsburgh run defense that 6th in the league, but Manziel may have to carry the offense with his arm since the Steelers only rank 30th in pass defense.
While the Browns have lost 9 of their last 10 games their lone win in that span was their last one at home.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Steelers are 2-5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Steelers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.
- Steelers have an Under record of 6-2 in their last 8 road games.
- Browns are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Browns are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Over 47.5
The Browns have covered the spread in 5 of their last 7 home games facing the Steelers, but Big Ben will have a big game and that trend will not continue.
NFL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 34 – Browns 18
Manziel may have a good game, but the Cleveland defense will be shredded and the Steelers will win and cover and hope the Bills can beat the Jets to prolong their season.
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