Steelers take on Browns in Week 12 contest
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The Pittsburgh Steelers started this season 0-4; following Sunday's come-from-behind victory over Detroit the Steelers are now 4-6 and not dead yet in the AFC playoff race.
Pittsburgh can climb to within one game of the .500 mark when it hits Cleveland for an AFC North rivalry bout with the 4-6 Browns Sunday afternoon (1 pm ET, CBS).
Yes, it seems unlikely, but the Steelers, and the Browns, for that matter, are only one game behind the 5-5 Jets in the scrum for the second AFC wild-card slot.
But while Pittsburgh has won four of its last six games, going 4-2 ATS over that span, Cleveland has lost four of its last five games, going 2-3 ATS.
The Steelers have also won five of the last six games in this series. But the Browns have covered the spread in three of the last four meetings.
In the early Week 12 betting Cleveland was favored by 2.5 points at Bovada. The Browns are 4-1 ATS past five at home to Steelers, while Pitt is 2-6 ATS past eight games as a road dog.
The Browns sit at 4-6 (5-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Steelers are currently 4-6 (4-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Cleveland is 5-4-1 OU, and Pittsburgh is 4-6 OU.
Oddsmakers at Bovada had the Browns as -2.5-point favorites in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 41.5.
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Browns at No. 23 and the Steelers at No. 19 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 18-16 result in favor of the Steelers.
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 37-27 winner as they battled the Lions at home. The Steelers covered in the match as a 3-point underdog, while 64 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Josh Gordon hauled in 5 passes for 125 yards against the Cincinnati defense in the team's last game, but the result was a 41-20 loss against the Bengals on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 28-ranked offense (19.2 PPG) against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 19 at 24.5 PPG. The Browns passing attack has averaged 234.5 yards per game, more than the Steelers give up through the air (215.6 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Steelers feature the league's No. 30-rated road run defense, allowing 149.8 yards per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, ranks No. 27 in rushing offense at home.
A few Steelers at Browns trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 6-11-1 ATS in its last 18 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Cleveland's last 18 games at home
Cleveland is 2-17 SU in its last 19 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, Thursday, November 28th
Cleveland home to Jacksonville, Sunday, December 1st