(1-4, 2-3 ATS)
(3-1, 3-1 ATS)
Two of the most bitter rivals in the NFL collide in pro football betting action on Sunday afternoon, as the Cleveland Browns take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The NFL odds are clearly stacked against the Browns in this one, which is why they are the second biggest underdogs of the entire season and the biggest of Week 6. Cleveland is going to be playing without QB Seneca Wallace and QB Jake Delhomme, meaning that QB Colt McCoy is going to be making his first career start against one of the most ferocious defenses in this league. He could quite possibly be without the services of RB Peyton Hillis as well, as he is dealing with a quad injury. Hillis leads the team in rushing with 350 yards, and he has five total TDs. RB Jerome Harrison has been totally MIA this year, as he only has 91 yards on 31 carries. There just aren’t any great receiving options on this team, as TE Ben Watson has 23 catches for 230 yards to lead the squad. WR Joshua Cribbs and WR Chansi Stuckey, the two best receivers on this squad, only have a combined 28 receptions for 326 yards. Defensively, things haven’t been a heck of a lot better. The unit has allowed at least 20 points in its L/3 games.
Whereas everything seems to be falling apart for the Browns, it all seems to be coming together for the Steelers. The offense is now at full strength with QB Ben Roethlisberger back from his four game suspension for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. RB Rashard Mendenhall has emerged as one of the top running backs in the league, as he already has 411 yards and four scores in just four games. Don’t be shocked to see the former first round draft choice go off for another great day this week against a porous Cleveland defense, especially with Roethlisberger just trying to get his feet wet once again. However, everyone knows that the Pittsburgh defense is licking its chops over the prospects of facing a rookie quarterback playing for the first time. SS Troy Polamalu’s presence in the lineup has just made all the difference in the world. Once again, no one can run the ball on this unit, as the team is only allowing a league best 62.2 yards per game. As a result, the Steelers would be just one bad play against the Baltimore Ravens away from holding all four of their foes to 13 points or less and being 4-0 SU and ATS. This is the last home game for Pittsburgh until November 14th, as the next three are all on the road.
Pittsburgh isn’t losing this game, and it shouldn’t be winning by less than two touchdowns either. Are the Browns even going to score in this game? We could absolutely see them failing to do so. If something doesn’t happen on defense or special teams for Cleveland, the Steelers are going to romp.
Selection: Pittsburgh Steelers -13