Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Wildcard Game. The Browns can do something big this season. The team is one victory away from advancing to another phase of the playoffs after so many years of poor results. For now the home team is the favorite, but the Steelers tend to weaken in situations like this. At home the Steelers are solid, but the losses at the end of the regular season gave a lot to talk about. The Browns already know what it’s like to lose to the Steelers but they also know home team defense.
Cleveland Browns: Ready for the big day.
The Browns have the opportunity to continue to reap victories this season. The season has been good for the team with 11-5-0, a similar record to the Ravens. The division is tight, the outcome of the game between Ravens and Titans will be very important. But the Browns have not appeared in the playoffs since 2002. The last divisional title for the Browns was in 1989, and the last super bowl title more than 50 years ago. Hopes are high for the Browns tonight against the Steelers.
On the road the Browns are scoring an average of 25.38 points per game, 28.50 rushes with 134.75 rush yards, 22.38 passes completed and 245.25 pass yards. 4-1 in the last five games on the road. The most recent game was a 16-23 loss to the Jets. The team lost to the Steelers at Pittsburgh 7-38 during the sixth week of the season. The defense allows up to 29.63 points on the road, 25.50 rushes with 101.63 rush yards.
Baker Mayfield is playing much better than last season. 305/486 passes completed, 62.76% effective, 3563 pass yards, 26 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, 95.9 overall rating. No interceptions for four weeks. Against Pittsburgh the most expensive mistake was two interceptions and only 10/18 passes completed. 54 personal rushes for a single touchdown.
Pittsburgh Steelers: No one takes this dream away from us.
The Steelers were a bit lazy in the final weeks before the wildcard game. But the team is first in the division with 12-4-0. The losses suffered in a surprising way were the ones that placed the team in this situation. At home the team has seven solid victories and a single loss to Washington 17-23 in the thirteenth week. One of the biggest victories at home was against the Ravens 19-14. The Steelers are favorites for being at home, but they are not the strongest bet at the moment.
At home the team is scoring an average of 28.75 points per game, 24.63 rushes with 87.25 rush yards, 28 passes completed and 266.75 pass yards. James Conner is the leader in rushing attack with 169 rushes, 721 yards and 6 touchdowns. Dionate Johnson is the top WR with 88 receptions and 7 touchdowns this season for nearly a thousand yards. The defense allows up to 18.63 points, 22.13 rushes with 92.75 rush yards.
Ben Roethlisberger looks like he’s having another one of those good seasons with 399/608 passes completed for 65.63% efficiency. 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, 94.1 rating overall. Six interceptions in the last six weeks, that was Ben’s weak point closing the regular season. Of those six weeks, three were consecutive losses to Washington, Buffalo and the Bengals.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 10/03/2021 is: Pittsburgh Steelers -5.5 (SPREAD).
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