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Pittsburgh Looks To End Slump in Postseason Game vs Cleveland

Cleveland vs Pittsburgh Betting Odds

After starting the season with an 11-0 SU and 8-3 ATS run, the Pittsburgh Steelers went just 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS over their last five games. The Steelers will try to flip the switch and get back on track Sunday night when they host the Cleveland Browns. The Browns will be without head coach Kevin Stefanski along with two other coaches and two players after positive COVID-19 tests.

Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Date/Time: January 10, 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Heinz Field
  • TV Coverage: NBC
  • Opening Odds: Steelers -3.5 | O/U 46.5 (Line History)
  • Browns vs Steelers Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Early bettors jumped on the Steelers as 3.5-point favorites to move the line up to Pittsburgh -4.5. The total has also moved a half-point from its opener at 46.5 points up to 47 points. Pittsburgh is 3-0 ATS in its last three games against the Browns.

Cleveland News & Notes

Cleveland failed to cover the spread as a 10-point favorite on Sunday against a Steelers team that was resting many of its starters. But the Browns got the win they needed by a score of 24-22 to finish with an 11-5 SU and 6-10 ATS record, snapping a playoff drought that went all the way back to 2002 and giving the team its first winning season since 2007.

Remarkably, the Browns actually finished the regular season with a point differential of -11. Every other AFC playoff team has a differential of +52 or better, and the Miami Dolphins (10-6 SU, 11-5 ATS) missed the playoffs with a +66.

Cleveland ranks 14th in the NFL in scoring offense with 25.5 points per game and 21st in scoring defense, allowing 26.2 points per game, but still grinded out 11 wins despite these lackluster rankings.

Pittsburgh News & Notes

Pittsburgh looked awful in an 0-3 SU and ATS stretch in December in which it averaged only 16.3 points per game in three straight losses to Washington, Buffalo and Cincinnati. But over their last two games, the Steelers looked a lot better in defeating the Indianapolis Colts 28-24 and giving Cleveland a competitive game Sunday with many starters resting.

The Steelers enter the postseason with a defense that ranks third in the NFL in total defense (allowing 305.8 total yards per game) and third in scoring defense (allowing 19.5 points per game).

With a steady defense likely to keep Pittsburgh competitive in any postseason game it plays, the pressure will be on Ben Roethlisberger to produce on offense. Roethlisberger looked great against the Colts with 341 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and no interceptions; can he carry that momentum into the playoffs?

Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -4.5

The Steelers’ late-season struggles got a lot more coverage than Cleveland’s, but the Browns lost to the New York Jets in Week 16 and were pushed to the limit against Pittsburgh’s B squad last week. Pittsburgh should get the job done at home in this one.

Shark Bites
  • Cleveland is 3-13-1 in its last 17 games vs Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS at home this season.
  • The OVER is 3-0 in Pittsburgh’s last 3 postseason games.