Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Cleveland Browns are 4-1 to start the NFL year for the first time since the 1994 season
- The undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers have defeated teams with a combined win total of 3
- In 2019, these divisional rivals split wins, Browns by the score of 21-7, Steelers by 20-13
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Browns vs Steelers Predictions and Picks
Since the Browns average, almost two points more per game than the Steelers do (31.2 vs 29.5) and the oddsmakers are giving Cleveland even more points in their favor, it makes sense to take them for this Week 6 wager, especially given their stellar offensive line.
Browns +4 (-110)
How to Watch Browns vs Steelers
|Browns vs Steelers Information|
|What||Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Where||Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA|
|When||Sun, October 18, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
In Week 5, the Cleveland Browns proved that they were not just a one-dimensional run team and that they also have a dangerous passing attack, with quarterback Baker Mayfield not having his best game yet still throwing his way past the tough defense of the Indy Colts for the team’s fourth win.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are undefeated, but the teams they have beaten (Giants, Broncos, Texans, and Eagles) only have three collective wins between them, so facing the surging Browns will be the first true test that healthy QB Ben Roethlisberger is back and capable of leading his Steelers to tough victories.
Over the years, these two AFC North rivals have played each other 136 times (including 2 postseason games), with the Pittsburgh Steelers winning 76 games and the Cleveland Browns winning 59 games, plus one tie.
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Can the Browns Continue to be a Multi-Dimensional Offense?
The loss of running back Nick Chubb in Week 4 was a huge blow to the Cleveland Browns, but their running back room is deep, and stepping up and filling in Chubb’s shoes handily are Kareem Hunt, D’Ernest Johnson, and Dontrell Hilliard, all starters for most other NFL franchises.
In Week 5, the Colts neutralized the Cleveland run game, but Baker Mayfield and his key targets, Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Austin Hooper, and Hunt proved that these Browns are just as dangerous through the air as they are on the ground, Mayfield completing 21 passes for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns with 2 interceptions.
Also stepping up was the defense, who added nine more points from a pick-six and safety, so this Browns team can hit you from all angles, and their pass rush keeps opposing QBs panicked and throwing on the run.
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Can the Steelers Defense Stop the Browns Dual Offensive Attack?
The Steelers allowed the one-win Philadelphia Eagles to score in every quarter of the game in Week 5, so despite the eventual victory, the game felt up for grabs most of the time, which, for a predicted upset by the much better and undefeated Steelers, might say a lot about how questionable they actually are.
So can they beat a team that has already proven they can beat a winner by taking care of the favored Colts in Week 5, or will the Browns surprise them at home with an offense that will be difficult to stop, let alone outscore?
Roethlisberger is healthy and he still has the QB goods to lead his Steelers to some victories, and with some decent targets including their golden rookie WR Chase Claypool (see below), he can make it difficult for this talented Cleveland team, especially given this game is going to be played at home.
Browns Key Player: (QB) Baker Mayfield
Regardless of Browns QB Baker Mayfield’s overall stats, the only one he truly cares about is the 4-1 overall record his team currently carries, the first time since he has worn the orange and brown that he can boast those types of win-loss numbers under his leadership.
Mayfield has a completion percentage of 61.2, with 9 touchdown passes to his 4 interceptions on only 93 completions, his 976 total passing yards ranked just 23rd in the league among QBs right now, which was expected given that the vast amount of offensive attention spent in Cleveland is on their killer run game.
His front line is giving him plenty of time to pass the ball, plus they are keeping him protected compared to last season when they allowed him to be sacked 40 times, with just 7 sacks so far in 2020 after five weeks, a sign that with that kind of time, Mayfield’s passing game will get a chance to positively evolve.
Steelers Key Player: (WR) Chase Claypool
Steelers rookie WR Chase Claypool is even more proof that the Pittsburgh Steelers front office knows how to draft excellent wide receivers, this gem from Notre Dame shocking the football world with his excellent receiving skills.
Claypool has 13 receptions for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns, veteran numbers for the freshman, including the longest catch in the league so far at 84 yards.
The Browns have a banged-up secondary, so it would behoove Big Ben to take advantage of that and do his best to find Claypool during all the time’s JuJu Smith-Schuster is being double covered.
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager.