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Browns Steelers Betting Preview for Week 17

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Jan 1, 4:15 PM | Grass of Cleveland Browns Stadium

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns Odds


The Pittsburgh Steelers need a win and help to leapfrog the Ravens in the AFC North and they face a Browns team they have defeated 18 of 20 times going back a decade.

The OVER has been the big Steeler angle in Week 17 (10-2 past 12 seasons in season finales) as they visit the Cleveland Browns. For their part, the perennial losers in the Dawg Pound are 6-2 ATS past 8 season-ending games.

The UNDER is 8-1 in past 9 Cleveland home games in December and they will be hard-pressed to take down the Steelers, who want to win this one.

View Pittsburgh vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 27-rated Browns and the No. 2-ranked Steelers, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 23-12 result in favor of the Steelers.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 30-ranked offense (13.9 PPG) against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 2 at 14.5 PPG. The Browns passing attack has averaged 194.8 yards per game, more than the Steelers give up through the air (172.2 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Steelers feature the league's No. 14-rated road run defense, allowing 117 yards per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, ranks No. 27 in rushing offense at home.

The Steelers were a 27-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Rams. They covered the 10–point spread as favorites, while the total score (27) made winners of UNDER bettors. In their last game, Pittsburgh got a 116-yard performance from Rashard Mendenhall as a key part of its 27-0 win over St. Louis.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 20-14 loser on the road against the Ravens. They covered the 10.5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (34) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Last time we saw the Browns, they had no answer for WinningRB as the Ravens rolled to a 20-14 victory at M&T Bank Stadium.

Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in January are 9-1
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the division are 8-2

Cleveland Browns Trends:
When playing in January are 3-3
When playing on grass are 2-8
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing within the division are 1-9

A few Steelers at Browns trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games when playing Cleveland
Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Cleveland's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Cleveland is 8-13-2 ATS in its last 23 games