It’s all about avoiding the infamous 0-16 season for the Cleveland Browns right now. The Lions did it in 2008 and the Browns are in danger of doing it themselves. There are still six games left on the schedule, so the Browns will have ample time to avoid a winless season. At least the Lions went 4-0 in the preseason that year, if you want to call that an accomplishment. If the Browns can’t get up to end their losing streak at home against the Steelers, forget about it, this team doesn’t have a pulse. The Steelers have a win this season, but this hasn’t been a good year for them at all. Whatever way you slice it, the Steelers probably feel like they’re a winless team right now. At 4-5, Pittsburgh is still very much alive in going to the playoffs, but they can’t afford to lay a dud against the Browns here.
The Steelers have gone 0-4 in their last four games, they haven’t had a win since the beat the Jets. And to say I said they were the second best team in the AFC next to the Patriots. Earlier in the season, the Steelers were definitely playing like a team worthy of that tag. When Ben Roethlisberger got injured everything else went in the toilet as well. Even with Roethlisberger back, all of that momentum and confidence has gone out the window. The Steelers have a gimme game, or so it seems, in Week 11 against the Browns.
Pittsburgh cannot come into this game thinking it’s a gimme game. However, the perception is certainly that. Note that the weather is not supposed to be so kind in Cleveland for this game. It’s going to windy, it’s going to be cold, and it might be snowing. Snow could impact a few games this week, so keep this in mind, and check weather forecasts before locking your bets in. The current weather forecast for Cleveland on Sunday afternoon calls for lots of wind, temps in the 30, and snow could fall occasionally. Expect both teams to be relying on their ground games in the tough conditions. Let’s get to the pick below, where the Browns could end their ten-game losing streak against the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Browns +8(-110)
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Steelers vs. Browns Pick:
The Browns are 2-8 ATS, so they haven’t even been good at covering spreads. If for whatever reason you’ve been chasing them, you are probably bleeding red right now. The Browns will try it again this afternoon at home. They currently rank 28th offensively, averaging 321.1 yards per game. The Browns score just 17.5 points per game. They have put up just 17 points total in the last two weeks. The quarterback position has been a mess this season, and somewhere Johnny Manziel is laughing before doing another line of blow. Josh McCown has been going through injuries and has been awful anyway, passing for 4 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. The Browns have gone with former USC product Cody Kessler as well. Kessler is getting the call against the Steelers on Sunday afternoon.
The rookie has shown some promise, and basically that’s all the Browns want to see here. Is Kessler a guy who could lead the Browns in the future? This is all management is looking at right now. Kessler has thrown for 6 touchdowns and only 1 interception. The Browns and Kessler have the benefit of playing against the 28th best pass defensive unit in the NFL. The Steelers are averaging just 23.8 points per game this season, which some teams would be happy with, but not the Steelers who want to score 30 points a game.
Roethlisberger hasn’t been bad, he’s passed for 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. However, he’s also fumbled the ball 7 times and the offensive line isn’t helping the offense out any. The Steelers are 25th in the country rushing the football, with an average of 90.7 yards per game. When I noted that it’s going to be windy and cold, it’s going to be really windy. Weather reports suggests that sustained winds of 25-35mph are on tap. Also, occasional gusts of over 50mph look like it’ll be on the agenda. Passing in the rain and snow can be fine, but throwing in winds like this can be extremely difficult. I like the UNDER to cash here, with plenty of clock eating, plays on the ground this afternoon in Cleveland.
PICK: UNDER 45 POINTS (-115)