Free Super Wildcard Weekend Prediction: Browns vs. Steelers NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Super Wildcard Weekend
(11-5) Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
Date: Sunday, January 10
Time: 8:15 PM
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA.
NFL Wildcard ATS Betting Lines: PIT -4
NFL Wildcard Moneyline Odds: CLE +170 // PIT -200
NFL Wildcard NFL Betting Total: 47.5
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The Steelers started the season with 11 straight wins but lost four out of their final five games.
The final one of those losses came in Week 17 to the Cleveland Browns, who are back in the playoffs for the first time in 18 years!
Cleveland went into Week 17’s matchup with Pittsburgh needing to win to assure itself a playoff spot but it didn’t just sneak into the playoffs.
Every team in the AFC’s postseason truly earned it and the Browns were excellent all season to finish 11–5.
It started with Baker Mayfield, who shook off a sophomore slump to have his finest season as a pro.
He threw for just over 3,500 yards, which were the fewest of his career but he cut his turnovers down considerably, from 14 and 21 interceptions in his first two seasons to just eight this time around.
But Cleveland’s passing game is not where its strength truly lies. The running game is awesome with the two-headed monster of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Chubb ran for over 1000 yards again, despite missing four games due to injury. Hunt ran for 841, the most since he went over 1300 as a rookie in Kansas City, and added another 300-plus as a receiver. There isn’t a better 1-2 punch in the NFL.
It’s hard to believe a team that started 11–0 would feel vulnerable in the Wildcard Round of the playoffs but between the competition in the AFC this season and the way the Steelers looked down the stretch, its certainly the case.
The Steelers’ only win down the stretch came in Week 16 against the Colts, who were up big before squandering the game down the stretch. Pittsburgh could easily be on a five-game losing streak.
Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play in Week 17 in order to get some rest. He’s looked awful after a terrific start. He just hasn’t had the deep ball and defenses have adjusted to Pittsburgh’s quick passing attack.
Without much of a running game or a consistent deep ball to stretch the field, Pittsburgh’s offense has looked flat and sloppy.
The defense hasn’t played its best since losing Bud Dupree in Week 11. He had eight sacks off the edge before going down for the year.
If the Steelers are without Joe Haden, who is questionable with a knee injury, they could be in even more trouble in this one.
- CLE are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- CLE are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on grass.
- CLE are 9-25-1 ATS in their last 35 vs. AFC North.
- Over is 13-3-1 in PIT last 17 playoff home games.
- PIT are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
- Over is 25-7-1 in PIT last 33 games in January.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Cleveland.
It isn’t a shock to see Pittsburgh favored in this one because such significant line movement takes time.
But the Steelers have been losing as favorites for over a month now and it feels like that’s how this season is going to end.
Pittsburgh has lost its confidence and it just does not look as good as the Browns do at this material moment.
Gun to my head, I’m on the Browns to win this one straight-up so I’m locking in the four points.
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