Browns Steelers Betting Predictions – Steelers, Browns Clash In AFC North Meeting With Zero Playoff Implications
The Pittsburgh Steelers will not compete in the 2012 NFL playoffs. After three-straight losses, the only goal remaining will be to finish strong this Sunday and register a .500 sports betting record. That won’t be easy against a Cleveland Browns’ team that took the first meeting of the season between these teams, a 20-14 victory that played a major role in the Steelers’ losing five of six and falling out of contention in the AFC playoff race. That Browns’ win marked one of the highlights in their season thus far, and another would mean they finish with a .500 record over the second half of the season.
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday December 30, 2012 – 1:00 PM ET
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NFL Betting Preview: Pick ‘em
Fans celebrated Cleveland’s win over the Steelers earlier this year as though it was their Super Bowl, and there is no denying they have shown signs of their ability this season. The Browns have laid down the foundation for future success with several key pieces including rookie running back Trent Richardson, who is 50 yards away from 1,000.
NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns
Richardson has been one of a few bright spots for Cleveland with 950 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, and will look to finish off his rookie year with another strong performance. Richardson rushed for 85 yards and a score in the first meeting against the Steelers, and on top of moving the ball on the ground will again play a crucial role in the passing attack as he opens things up for fellow rookie Brandon Weeden. The Browns’ defense looked very good during a three-game win streak in which they allowed an average of 13 points a game, but has since allowed an average of 36 in back-to-back losses to the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos.
NFL Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers will look to make Cleveland pay both through the air and on the ground, and while it won’t mean anything in terms of the playoffs, it could have a major impact on the team’s decision to stick with offensive coordinator Todd Haley going forward. Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have had a tumultuous relationship all online sportsbook season, and their differences has made headlines in Pittsburgh newspapers during their three-game slide. It’s scary to think that Pittsburgh still ranks first in the NFL against the pass and second against the run but won’t make the playoffs, but that indicates how bad the offense has been.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
The Pittsburgh offense has been a mess all year, but with the Browns’ defense looking awful and jobs on the line, this game should see one of the better offensive efforts from the Steelers this season. Cleveland has looked listless in consecutive losses after a strong stretch in which they won three-straight, so look for Pittsburgh to bounce back and at least finish on a high note to finish with a .500 record.
NFL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers