NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns preview, prediction, and picks

Pittsburgh Steelers go on the road for a crunch AFC North contest vs old foes Cleveland Browns this Sunday afternoon, and our betting expert has a couple of NFL Picks to share. Plus, discover how you can get up to a $1,000 deposit bonus at BetOnline

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  • NFL – Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Sunday, October 31 at First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
  • The game begins at 12:00 EST
  • Broadcast live on ESPN

In a replay of last year’s Wildcard Round playoff fixture, the beat-up Cleveland Browns get set to welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers to First Energy Stadium in a game that’s likely to have huge implications on the AFC North playoff picture.

For a full betting preview and the latest odds courtesy of BetOnline, read on.

Browns vs Steelers Betting Odds

Below are the latest NFL betting odds available for Sunday big game between Browns and Steelers at the BetOnline sportsbook, as well as our preferred NFL Picks from the BetOnline prop market:

Game LinesBrownsSteelers
Spread-3.5 (-112)+3.5 (-108)
Total PointsU42.5 (-113)042.5 (-107)
Prop Bet NFL Picks of the Game: 3 straight
scores by either team: No

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NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns preview, prediction, and picks

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Browns vs Steelers Preview

Now that Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) cemented themselves as the No.1 team in the AFC North by beating the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) last week, this fierce derby between the Browns (4-3) and the Steelers (3-3) takes on extra significance: with Burrow and Chase on patrol, playoff qualification is no longer guaranteed for any team in this now fiercely contested division. Sunday’s game looks a must-win for both franchises.

Fortunately for both sets of fans, Steelers and Browns head into this contest in decent form:

A depleted Cleveland offense toughed out a difficult game against Denver Broncos last weekend, winning 17-14 thanks, in no small part, to an outstanding performance from the defense. Myles Garrett sacked Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater 1.5 times, keeping the former Panther’s passing game to a minimum, and excellent work in the open field from Anthony Walker Jr., who posted 10.0 total tackles helped to stifle the run game. On the offensive side of the ball, RB3 D’Ernest Johnson did a fine job of filling in for the missing Hunt and Chubb, too: the USF graduate ran for 146-yards and one TD.

The Steelers had a BYE in Week-7, meaning Big Ben and co. have had a chance to rest up and get a few players back to full fitness in preparation for the visit to Cleveland. The last time Mike Tomlin’s men took the field was Week-6 when Steelers just about edged out the Russell Wilson-less Seattle Seahawks in a close-call at Heinz Field, 23-20.

Both of these AFC North teams have struggled offensively this season: Steelers Ben Roethlisberger has had issues moving the ball downfield, particularly in the opening weeks of the year and, assuming he’s fit to play, it’s not been much better for Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield, either: the former Oklahoma standout has managed a ratio of just six TDs to three picks so far this season. So, in a nutshell, there’s unlikely to be a ton of spectacular airmail plays in Ohio on Sunday! In fact, we’re quietly confident this contest is more likely to come down to which team boasts the better run game.

The Steelers have finally found the back they need in Najee Harris. The former Alabama star has already tallied 622-yards from scrimmage and 4 TDs this year. But the Browns can counter that with RB3 D’Ernest Johnson and the hopeful return of the league’s best back (in my opinion) in Nick Chubb.

What separates these two teams, however, is the ability to stuff the run. Cleveland’s star-studded linebacker corps allow just 3.5-yards per carry and rank 2nd in the NFL behind only New Orleans Saints, while the Steelers rank 18th in the same metric, allowing 4.3 YPC.

We would say ‘advantage Browns’ at this point if not for the…

Browns vs Steelers Injury News

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns preview, prediction, and picks
Big Ben was back in training on Wednesday and should be fit to face Browns for perhaps the very last time…

The visiting Pittsburgh Steelers placed LDE Carlos Davis on IR on Wednesday evening. With Stephon Tuitt already on IR, Chris Wormley is the last LDE available on the roster. Wormley is fit and ready to go, but how Mike Tomlin must want to wrap him in cotton wool as we move towards the mid-point of the season?

QB Ben Roethlisberger has a hip/pectoral issue but was limited in yesterday’s practice session and is expected to play in Cleveland. WR Chase Claypool is questionable.

As for the Browns, RB Nick Chubb looks set to rejoin the first team following two weeks out with a calf injury but, besides that, the depth chart is a grim read for Cleveland fans:

QB Baker Mayfield is questionable with a shoulder injury, so Chase Keenum is likely to continue to deputize. RB2 Kareem Hunt is on IR. WRs 1&2 Odel Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are both questionable, so too WR3 Donovan Peoples-Jones. LT Jedrick Wills Jr., RT Jack Conklin, and C Ryan Tretter are doubts, too. It’s the NFL, so some of these injured players are nailed on to appear despite injury. But, still, this is a beat-up Browns offense at present.

There are a number of concerns on Cleveland’s defense, too: LDT Malik Jackson, RDE Jadeveon Clowney, LBs Mack Wilson, Malcolm Smith, and Tony Fields, as well as star CB Denzel Ward, are all big doubts for the visit of the Steelers. Rookie LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was added to IR last week, too.

NFL Picks: Browns vs Steelers   

This is a tough game to call. As we saw in the playoffs last year, the Browns are the superior football team when everyone is fit and firing. But, with so many injury concerns, it’s hard to be overly optimistic of Kevin Stefanski’s team’s chances on Sunday.

With the notable exception of rookie RB Najee Harris, the Pittsburgh offense has been insipid for most of the year, however, averaging 6.4-yards per pass and ranking 30th in the NFL for passing efficiency, so we’re not too hot on the Steelers chances here either!

Honestly, our advice is to leave this game alone until Sunday morning when a clearer picture will be painted regarding who the Browns have patched up to send out to play. But, right now in a tight contest, we’d back the Steelers to beat the Spread vs what looks to be an injury-ravaged Browns offense.

Steelers to beat a tight +3.5 spread is our NFL betting Pick for the game.

Bet on Steelers to beat +3.5 spread (-108) at BetOnline

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