The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers will meet in an AFC North showdown this Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. ET.
Cleveland has next to nothing to play for at this point, having already been eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has an outside shot at making the postseason if they win and get a little bit of help from other teams.
See how I have this one turning out in my Cleveland vs Pittsburgh best bets and predictions.
Browns vs Steelers Odds
As of Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. ET, the Steelers are listed as 3-point favorites over the Browns. Seeing as how Pittsburgh has home-field advantage and a clear motivation to win this game, I’m not at all surprised to see them favored in this spot.
Browns vs Steelers Implied Totals
Steelers 21.5, Browns 18.5
Oddsmakers have the Steelers winning a close, low-scoring game by a field goal. The total is set at 40 points, which is right on par with what we should expect here.
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Browns vs Steelers Prediction
Steelers 20, Browns 14
This is a must-win game for the Steelers. Not only could they sneak into the playoffs with a victory (after starting the year at 2-6, no less), but a Browns defeat would at the very least bump Pittsburgh up to 9-8 and guarantee Mike Tomlin another non-losing season.
High stakes aside, this looks like a very winnable game for the Steelers. Cleveland is averaging just 16.8 points per game since Deshaun Watson took over at quarterback, and the former Texan has hardly resembled his old self.
The Browns did win the earlier meeting this season, 29-17, but that came against a Pittsburgh team that was still starting Mitchell Trubisky and without T.J. Watt.
This will likely come down to turnovers and the effectiveness of each team’s rushing attack. However, if Najee Harris can stay hot and Kenny Pickett continues to limit his mistakes, the Steelers should be able to come away with the win.
Browns vs Steelers Bet Tips
Here are a few Browns vs Steelers betting trends to consider before making your bets:
- Cleveland is 8-8 against the spread, while Pittsburgh is 9-6-1.
- The Steelers are 2-2 outright as a home favorite, the Browns are 2-3 as a road underdog.
- Overs are a combined 13-18-1 for these teams this season.
- The Steelers are 11-3-1 in their last 14 regular-season meetings with the Browns.
Browns vs Steelers Best Bets
Under 40 Points (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Steelers have not allowed an opponent to score more than 17 points since Week 11, and Cleveland’s offense has gone relatively cold lately. Forty points is a low total, but it’s appropriate for January AFC North football.
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Steelers -3 (+100) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
This may be a tough margin for the Steelers to cover — their last six wins have come by an average margin of 5.67 points — but with their home crowd behind them in an emotional, must-win matchup, this almost feels inevitable.
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