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Football Gambling - Browns at Steelers

Football gambling expectations will rise for the Pittsburgh Steelers now that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will make his first NFL sports betting start on Sunday.
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Football gambling handicappers continue to respect the effort of the Cleveland Browns as they are often a good NFL sports betting value despite their record.

Pittsburgh opened at Sports-Gambling as a 14 point home favorite over Cleveland with an over/under of 37.5.  Kickoff for the CBS telecast is set for 1:05 PM Eastern.

The Cleveland Browns have a record of 1-4 straight up and 2-3 with the pro football betting lines.  Last week the Browns lost at home to the Atlanta Falcons 20-10 as quarterback Jake Delhomme is suffering from the same interception woes that cost him his job at Carolina last year.

Delhomme is less than 100% with an ankle injury but had to play because Seneca Wallace is also hurt with an ankle injury.  Cleveland ranks in the bottom third for both offense and defense but should not be taken lightly as they covered at Baltimore earlier this season and beat defending AFC North champion Cincinnati for another payout.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a bye week that followed a 17-14 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens as their record dropped to 3-1 both straight up and with the NFL gambling odds.

All things considered it was the best possible start for the Steelers, who were down to 4th string quarterback Charlie Batch as Roethlisberger served his suspension.  Defense has been the strength of the team as Pittsburgh is the top ranked team in the NFL for points allowed.

Although the Steelers were ranked 29th in total yards for offense they do rank 12th in scoring and 8th in rushing led by Rashard Mendenhall, who had 411 yards.

While Pittsburgh has had 2 weeks to prepare and will be glad to have Big Ben back they cannot afford to take the pesky Browns lightly.

Cleveland has gotten the money in 8 out of their last 9 football gambling matchups in the AFC and has covered 9 out of their last 12 games overall.  Pittsburgh has gone under the total in just 24 out of their last 77 home games.

Cleveland has paid out in 4 out of their last 5 meetings with Pittsburgh and the series has gone under the total in 3 out of the last 4 games.