On Sunday, the hot Pittsburgh Steeler take on the Cleveland Browns hoping to secure a playoff spot. In the AFC, a single playoff spot is left. The Steelers must hope the Dolphins and Patriots both lose. But if that happens and the Steelers beat the Browns, Pittsburgh notches their playoff ticket. All three teams, the Steelers, Miami, and New England, kick off at the same time. So Pittsburgh will be all out to beat their rivals. Will the Steelers get it done? Or will the Browns provide the upset victory? Check out NFL Lines, analysis, and a free pick for Browns versus Steelers.
NFL Week 18 Betting Preview and Prediction for Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh
Cleveland Browns versus Pittsburgh Steelers Lines and Match Info
- When: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
- TV / Streaming: CBS/Paramount+
- ATS Odds: Pittsburgh -3
- Money line Odds: Cleveland +120 / Pittsburgh -147
- Over/Under Odds: 40
Why bet on Cleveland versus Pittsburgh?
In their last four games, Cleveland has played an on again off again pattern. The Browns should be off again in this, but the Browns always step it up against the Steelers.
In the first head-to-head, Cleveland scored 29 points in a 29-17 Browns’ win. Cleveland could score more on Sunday because Deshaun Watson replaces Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.
Cleveland Browns Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 351.7
- Passing Yards: 204.4
- Rushing Yards: 147.3
- Points Scored: 21.7
- Turnovers: 19
Cleveland Browns Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 331.1
- Passing Yards: 196.7
- Rushing Yards: 134.4
- Points Scored: 22.1
- Takeaways: 18
Why bet on Pittsburgh versus Cleveland?
Kenny Pickett has rallied the Steelers in wins against Las Vegas and Baltimore in Pittsburgh’s last 2 games. At home in a meaningful game, we should expect the Steelers to grab an early lead and coast.
Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 321.9
- Passing Yards: 201.4
- Rushing Yards: 120.6
- Points Scored: 17.5
- Turnovers: 18
Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 331.9
- Passing Yards: 225.4
- Rushing Yards: 106.5
- Points Scored: 20.8
- Takeaways: 21
Browns at Steelers Relevant Trends
- Browns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win
- Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh
- Under is 6-0 in the Browns’ last 6 games
- Steelers are 5-0 ATS versus a team with a losing record
- Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games
- Under is 9-2 in the Steelers’ last 11 games at home
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Final Betting Prediction
The Browns are ready for the offseason, which is the first reason to play against Deshaun and his mates. The second reason to go against the Browns is because Pittsburgh’s defense is playing lights out.
The Steelers’ D has allowed 17 points once, 16 points twice, 13 points once, and 10 points once in their last 5 games. The lone loss straight up was against Baltimore in a 16-14 game.
Also, Kenny Pickett has shown awesome leadership in the Steelers’ last couple of contests. Pittsburgh is playing great football and won’t know if they’ve made the playoffs until late in this game, or maybe, after. The Steelers win and cover.
NFL Week 18 Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers -3