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Steelers Take Aim At Third-Straight Win As Underdog At Cleveland This Sunday

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/4/2014 5:00:47 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season. That’s still not enough to convince the online sports betting experts they will be able to get the job done on the road against an AFC North rival this weekend.  The Steelers will travel to Ohio looking to make it three-straight wins when they face the Cleveland Browns this Sunday, with both teams locked in to a three-way tie with the Baltimore Ravens at 4-6. Pittsburgh at least on the surface appears to be turning things around, but it has lost four of its five road games to this point and will be in tough against a desperate Cleveland team.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
Sunday November 24, 2013 – 1:00 PM ET
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
NFL Sports Betting Line: Cleveland – 2.5

The Browns can’t afford to drop a second-consecutive game against an AFC North rival after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals last week, and the majority of their limited success has come at home this season. Three of Cleveland’s four wins have come at home where they are a game above .500, and they simply have to win these next two home games against the Steelers and then the Jacksonville Jaguars the following week.

NFL Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger has certainly responded to the criticism over Pittsburgh’s last two wins, throwing for over 570 yards and five touchdowns. The Steelers still have trouble up front on the offensive line and have struggled to move the ball on the ground with any consistency, but Roethlisberger has once again been the difference. Antonio Brown and Heath Miller are both coming off big games and looking to be difference makers again this week, and any chance that Pittsburgh has will rely on the passing game. The Steelers’ defense has been inconsistent even in their wins, but they did force three turnovers last week and will look to build on that performance.

NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns

The Browns understand how important the turnover battle is every week, and they got another example of that as four turnovers cost them last Sunday in a 41-20 loss to Cincinnati. Jason Campbell finally had a rough outing as he was sacked four times and had three interceptions, and he needs to do a better job protecting the football regardless. Cleveland did a decent job moving the ball on the ground with Chris Ogbonnaya averaging 8.6 yards for 86 yards on 10 carries, but turnovers forced the Browns in to far too many passing situations. The defense was also victimized by the turnovers early on but held the Bengals to one second-half touchdown.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Neither of these teams is ready to make a run at an AFC Wild Card spot, but the Browns have played well at home and they have split their first two division games with both online betting wins coming at home. Pittsburgh is flying high after consecutive wins but there is still too many areas of concern to trust this team on the road in a tough match up, as Campbell and the Cleveland offense look to regroup with a much better effort this week in a bounce back win.

NFL Betting Pick: Cleveland Browns – 2.5


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