- The Cleveland Browns are 3.5-point home favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have combined for over 400 total yards and five touchdowns in the first two games of the season.
- Thursday Night Football kicks off from FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22 at 8:15 pm ET
Cleveland was just over a minute away from a 2-0 record before allowing the New York Jets to score two touchdowns in 60 seconds to steal a 31-30 Week 2 win. Now, the Browns have to put the improbable loss behind them as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. Their AFC North rivals are also 1-1 after a 17-14 home loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
Browns vs. Steelers
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||+3.5 (-110)||+160||Ov 40.5 (-110)|
|Cleveland Browns||-3.5 (-110)||-180||Un 40.5 (-110)|
AFC North Rivalry Game
The Browns opened as 3.5-point home favorites versus the Steelers, who are an impressive 46-23-2 against the spread as an underdog under Mike Tomlin. Pittsburgh fans were chanting for rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett on Sunday as Mitch Trubisky continued his early-season struggles in a 17-14 loss to New England. The veteran starter threw for only 168 yards with one TD and an interception while taking three sacks.
Somehow, Jacoby Brissett might actually be the best QB in Thursday’s game. He had a pedestrian stat line versus the Jets (229 passing yards, TD, INT) but got the ball to Amari Cooper (9 receptions, 101 yards, TD) and allowed the Browns lethal running game to carry the mail.
Nick Chubb decided to run this in for a TD rather than slide down.
The Jets came back to win 31-30.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 18, 2022
Chubb drawing criticism?
Nick Chubb made his fantasy football managers very happy on Sunday, running for 87 yards and three scores in a 31-30 loss to the Jets. However, he is drawing criticism for punching in his third TD with 1:55 left in the game, rather than simply sliding to the ground and sealing a Browns victory.
This one is clearly on Cleveland’s defense though. Keep in mind they were facing not Tom Brady but the immortal Joe Flacco, who tossed four touchdowns on the day, including two in the final two minutes. If Joe Woods’ unit can’t stop Trubisky and company on Thursday night, a coordinator change may be in order.
Najee running on empty
While the Browns’ tandem of Chubb and Kareem Hunt have piled up 400 total yards and five touchdowns in the first two games, Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris has only 115 combined yards and a score.
Struggling to move the ball, Mike Tomlin’s team will rely on its defense to keep things close. But that becomes much harder minus T.J. Watt. Playing without the NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Sunday, the Steelers registered zero sacks in a game for just the third time since 2017.
Steelers officially placed LB T.J. Watt on the Injured/Reserve List, meaning he’s out at least four games. pic.twitter.com/ri7bOuJ7v9
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2022
Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit were treated to Chiefs vs. Chargers in their debut game on Amazon Prime Video, but this week’s game definitely has more of a Thursday Night Football feel. Oddsmakers have set the over-under at just 40.5 points.
With such a low-scoring game on tap, it’s hard to predict anyone to win by more than a field goal. So, we’ll take the Steelers to win outright (+160) over a Browns team that still won’t be fully recovered from Sunday’s miserable loss to the Jets.
Final Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 20, Browns 16
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