Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) vs Cleveland Browns (0-0)Date : 09/09/2018
Time : 1:00 pm EST
Location : First Energy Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns
Week 1 NFL action will resume on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at 1 pm EST. These two division foes would meet twice last year with Pittsburgh taking both contests by an average of 3.5 points. In both games, the Browns would cover the spread while the O/U was 1-1. The Steelers look to build from their 3-1 preseason record in which to pick up a win in their opener after picking up a 39-24 home win on 8-30-2018 in which they would cover the spread (-2.5) while the over was the play with the total being set at 36.5 points. The Browns will also look to continue their stellar play as they would end the preseason at 3-1 after picking up a 35-17 road win versus the Detroit Lions on 8-30-2018 to where they would also cover the spread (–2) while the over was the play with the total being 36.5 points, altogether. This will be an exciting contest and will provide one team the inside tract in gaining momentum as it relates to division standings.
Pittsburgh Steelers 's Latest Performance :
The Steelers would outscore the Panthers 25-7 at the half en route to a huge, momentum building win in week 4 of the preseason. The offense would rack up 85 yards on the ground along with obtaining 241 yards in the air in the victory. Josh Dobbs would have 151 yards passing on 8 for 12 attempts with a TD while Mason Rudolph would go 5 of 9 for 102 yards with 2 TD’s. Dobbs also had 18 yards rushing on 3 attempts while Steven Ridley would rush for 39 yards on 8 attempts. Damoun Patterson (1 rush, 13 yards) would also have a great run for the Steelers. Tevin Jones (3 rec, 90 yds) would lead the receiving corps while Justin Hunter (3 rec, 72 yds) and Bucky Hodges (2 rec, 43 yds) also were stellar in the win. Quadree Henderson would also have 2 catches for 43 yards and a TD. The offense would go 4 for 5 inside the red zone on the Panther D while holding the ball for 25:37 minutes.
The Steelers defense would allow the Panthers a whopping 32 first downs on 90 yards rushing along with 290 yards through the air. The Panthers would also be excellent in the red zone in going 3 for 4 for the night while holding the ball for a combined 34:23 for the game. Michael Thomas would spearhead the D with 6 tackles and a sack while Lavon Hooks and Olasunkami Adeniyi would also get the QB once for the Steelers. Marcus Allen (5 tackles), Brandon Allen (4 tackles), and Jordan Dangerfield (4 tackles) would also have big games for the defense. The Panther would have 3 fumbles for the game while losing 2, overall.
Cleveland Browns's Latest Performance :
Cleveland would only allow the Lions 15 first downs in a week 4 preseason win as they would post 83 yards rushing along with 170 yards passing. The D would, however, allow the Lions to go 2 for 2 inside the red zone while Detroit would possess the ball for 26:31 minutes. Nate Orchid would get a pick in this contest while Justin Currie would receive a sack along with 4 tackles (2 assists). Denzel Rice (5 tackles), Jeremy Faulk (3 tackles), and Brady Sheldon (3 tackles) would also step up for a Browns defense that has become much more effective up front in the preseason.
The offense would collect 22 first downs in the matchup as they would rush for 163 yards along with 261 passing yards for the game. They would go 2 for 3 inside the red zone while dominating time of possession at 33:29 minutes. Baker Mayfield would go 9 for 16 for 138 yards in the game while Brogan Roback would also be 7 of 14 for 70 yards and a TD in the win. Matthew Dayes would rush for 77 yards on 8 attempts with a TD while Dontre Hilliard (54 yards, 18 rushes) and Nick Chubb (5 rushes, 30 yards, TD) would also fuel the running game. Devon Cajuste (2 rec, 48 yds), Jeff Janis (2 rec, 42 yds) would lead the receiving corps for the Browns while Blake Jackson would have a 22-yard TD catch in the contest. The Browns O did have 2 fumbles in the contest to which 1 was recovered by the Browns.
How Pittsburgh Steelers & Cleveland Browns Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be a great division matchup to begin the season. The Browns look to finally turn the corner after a productive preseason while the Steelers not only look to get off to a great start this year, but, they also look to continue their dominance over the Browns while remaining the bully of the conference. Both teams could certainly use a win in week 1, and I have a feeling that this will certainly be the competitive game everyone (including me) thinks that it will become.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Cleveland Browns +5.5
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Browns to keep this game close on Sunday mainly due to how the Steelers D has played recently. Of course, both teams will come out focused on getting a much-needed week 1 win, however, the Browns’ offense will certainly keep their team in the game throughout. The defense for the Browns will step up in the end in which to allow the home team to put up a valiant fight, and will come out victorious as it relates to the spread in this contest.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 47
My reason for the prediction :
On one hand, you have a much improve defense for the Browns against the experience of the Steelers offense, particularly, their punishing run game. On the other hand, the Steelers D, which has not been able to stop anyone during the preseason, while do battle against a Cleveland offense that hung 35 points on a Detroit team on the road in week 4 of the preseason. I must say that I have belief that the Steelers will be ready to play while their offense will put some points on the board. I also feel that the Browns will also put some points up as the Steelers have been shaky on defense early on. In all, I will back the over in this contest as I expect both teams to have their stars on full display in what will be an interesting and exciting matchup.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Steelers :
- Over is 4-0 in Steelers last 4 vs. AFC North
- Steelers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on grass
- Under is 5-0 in Steelers last 5 games in September.
Betting trends for Cleveland Browns:
- Under is 11-2 in Browns last 13 home games
- Under is 13-3 in Browns last 16 games on grass
- Browns are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games in Week 1.