Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 22 (9/22) NFL

Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 22 (9/22) NFL

 

Odds

Time 8:15 p.m. EST
Steelers money line +170
Steelers spread +4.5 (-110)
Browns money line -200
Browns spread -4.5 (-110)
Over / under 38.5

 

2022 season stats

  Pittsburgh Steelers Cleveland Browns
Record 1-1 1-1
Road / home record 1-0 0-1
Points per game 18.5 28.0
Points allowed per game 18.5 27.5
O/U 0-2 2-0
Pass yards per game 181.0 188.0
Rush yards per game 83.0 200.0
Total yards per game 264.0 388.0
Total yards allowed per game 423.0 353.0

 

Preview

The Cleveland Browns will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football at the FirstEnergy Stadium. These met twice last season and the Steelers won both games 26-14 at home and 15-10 on the road but Big Ben was the quarterback. 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have shown very poor offense so far as they lost 14-17 vs Patriots last Sunday.  For the Steelers, whose offense sputtered for considerable stretches as it tried to establish any sort of rhythm, Mitch Trubisky passed for 168 yards with a touchdown and an interception. "We need that spark," said Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson. "We have to bring that spark each and every week. We're going to be fine. We have to come off the ball with a purpose and we'll be good." He has been Trubisky’s top target, catching 13 passes for 112 yards.

The Steelers defense allowed 252 passing yards and 124 rushing yds vs Patriots 195 yards and only 17 points forcing 1 interception. They stopped them in 17 of 26 3rd downs attempts. 

 

Cleveland Browns

The Browns blew a 30-17 lead over the Jets with less than two minutes remaining of the game losing 31-30. Amari Cooper caught a touchdown pass from Brissett, who started in place of Deshaun Watson who is serving an 11-game NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct. Brissett completed 22 of 27 passes for 229 yards.

Defensively, they have been amazing against the run allowing only 73.5 points per game while allowing 279.5 passing yards. They were playing pretty good vs Steelers as they held them to zero points in 2 quarters of the game but blew it in the 4th quarter to lost the game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Pittsburgh are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Cleveland.

Pittsburgh are 15-4-1 SU in their last 20 games against Cleveland.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road

Cleveland are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 9 games.

Cleveland are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games against Pittsburgh.

 

Prediction

The Steelers offense is not looking good with Trubisky leading them and if it wasn't enough they lost their best defensive player in TJ Watt. The Browns played great offense against the Jets but will face a tough Steelers defense that held the Patriots to only 17 points. This should be a close game as both defenses will predominate but the total is too low right now to take the under so I'll go with the better offense, go with the Browns.

PICK: Browns -4.5 (-110)

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