NFL football gambling handicappers will give Pittsburgh a hard look on Sunday as they must win to have a shot at the AFC North title and have the betting on NFL football advantage of a home playoff game.
The Cleveland Browns will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday with a starting time of 1:05 PM ET and a telecast on CBS. Sports-Gambling opened with Pittsburgh as a 6 point favorite and with a total of 38. Pittsburgh scored a 28-10 home payout over Cleveland on October 17 in the first meeting between the teams this season.
Cleveland has a record of 5-10 both straight up and with the football odds while going over the total 8 times. After playing competitive football for the first three months of the season the Browns have begun to tank with 3 consecutive losses and failures to get the money as coach Eric Mangini may not survive the slump and is rumored to be as good as fired.
Cleveland is coming off a 20-10 home loss to Baltimore as rookie QB Colt McCoy had a bad game with 3 interceptions. McCoy will remain the starter as he has been impressive most of the season with an 81.9 QB rating and 63% completion rate with a 5/6 TD/INT ratio. Peyton Hillis has been an impressive asset with 1164 yards rushing and a team best 13 touchdowns.
Cleveland’s defense has improved and ranks an impressive 7th for points allowed while the offense has not been able to keep pace and ranks 30th in the NFL for scoring.
Pittsburgh is 11-4 straight up and 9-6 with the odds NFL while going under the total 9 times. The Steelers are tied with Baltimore for first place in the AFC North and are coming off a 27-3 home payout over Carolina. The Steelers defense is one of the top NFL football gambling assets anywhere as it ranks 1st for points allowed.
Rashard Mendenhall has 1237 yards rushing and a team best 11 touchdowns while Ben Roethlisberger has a 94.3 QB rating with a 15/5 TD/INT ratio. Mike Wallace has been an outstanding breakaway threat with 1152 yards receiving and a 20.2 yards per catch average with 9 TD’s.