Last Updated on January 10, 2021

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are -6 against the Cleveland Browns on Wildcard Weekend. The total is set to 47.5 points.
  • The Steelers lead the NFL in sacks (56) and T.J Watt is first as well (15.0).
  • The Browns are making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
  • The Steelers are 10-6 against the spread this season.

The playoffs feature a matchup between AFC North rivals. The Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) will host the Cleveland Browns (11-5) during NFL Wildcard Weekend. The Browns are coming off of a Week 17 win against the Steelers to secure their playoff spot, but it’s worth noting that Pittsburgh rested most of their starters.

Let’s take a deeper look at these two rivals as they try to kick off Super Bowl runs. The Action Rush NFL Playoff betting guide provides odds, props, and analysis for the Titans-Ravens Wild Card Weekend matchup.

 

Steelers – Browns Odds Wildcard Game

 

The Steelers are -5 on the spread against the Browns, but there is some variation among sportsbooks. Bettors can grab Cleveland as high as +5.5. The moneyline odds have Pittsburgh at -227 and Cleveland at +215. The total is set to 47.5 points.

Both the Browns and the Steelers have struggled against the spread at times this year. Cleveland is 6-10 while Pittsburgh is 10-6. With that said, the Steelers have not been on top of their game during the second half of the season.

 

Who is the Public Betting On….Steelers or Browns?

Sunday, January 10, 2021
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
                   
CLE Browns +4.5 23% 34% Over 46.5 79% 75% +195 34% 42%
PIT Steelers -4.5 77% 66% Under 46.5 21% 25% -225 66% 58%
NFL PUBLIC BETS

 

 

Browns vs. Steelers Player Prop Bets

Quarterback Completions Passing Yards Passing TDs
Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) 27.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110) 289.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105) 1.5 (Ov -200 / Un +170)
Baker Mayfield (Browns) 19.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115) 238.5 (Ov -115 / Un -110) 1.5 (Ov +110 / Un -135)
QB + Running Back Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Total Yards
Nick Chubb (Browns) 16.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115) 65.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100) 78.5 (Ov -125 / Un +100)
James Conner (Steelers) 11.5 (Ov -125 / Un +105) 46.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110) 66.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100)
Baker Mayfield (Browns) NA 12.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105) NA
Kareem Hunt (Browns) 7.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115) 27.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100) 48.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)
Wide Receiver + TE Receptions Receiving Yards Longest Reception
Chase Claypool (Steelers) 4.5 (Ov +115 / Un -140) 50.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115) 20.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)
Diontae Johnson (Steelers) 6.5 (Ov +110 / Un -135) 65.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110) 21.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)
JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers) 5.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105) 57.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115) 20.5 (Ov +105 / Un -125)
James Conner (Steelers) 2.5 (Ov -125 / Un +100) 17.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105) 22.5 (Ov -145 / Un +120)
Kareem Hunt (Browns) 2.5 (Ov +115 / Un -140) 16.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105) 10.5 (Ov -115 / Un -110)
Nick Chubb (Browns) 1.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105) 9.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110) 7.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)
Rashard Higgins (Browns) 2.5 (Ov -145 / Un +115) 41.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115) 21.5 (Ov +105 / Un -130)
Jarvis Landry (Browns) 5.5 (Ov +150 / Un -170) 61.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110) 23.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)
Austin Hooper (Browns) 2.5 (Ov -150 / Un +120) 32.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115) 16.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)
Eric Ebron (Steelers) 3.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100) 37.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110) 16.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100)

 

 

Game Preview and Betting Angles

The Steelers and Browns are playing a rubber match after splitting their games during the regular season. Again, Pittsburgh rested most of their starters in Week 17, but a win is a win for Cleveland. This will be the first time the Browns have made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Their last playoff win came in 1995. Let’s take a closer look at both of these teams.

 

Steelers Notes

The Steelers began the season 11-0, but have faltered down the stretch. They lost four of their last five games and dropped the No. 1 seed in the AFC. With all that said, they are still in a good spot to make a deep run into the playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger and the offense have gone downhill during the second half of the season. They still finished 12th in the NFL in scoring (26.0 points per game), but they scored fewer than 20 points per game over their last five games. That’s not going to cut it in the playoffs.

If the Steelers are going to make a deep run, they will need the defense to step up. They are only giving up 19.5 points per game and they are the best pass-rushing team in the NFL. They are racking up 3.5 sacks per game and 4.5 per game at home. T.J. Watt led the NFL with 15.0 sacks this year.

Whether or not Cleveland can slow down that Pittsburgh pass rush is going to be the difference in this game. It helps the Browns that Bud Dupree was lost for the season earlier in the year, but they still have plenty of playmakers on that side of the ball.

 

 

Browns Notes – Major Covid Impact

The Browns have been hit hard by COVID-19 this year. They lost to the New York Jets a few weeks ago after their entire wide receiving corps was put on the shelf. They might be without head coach Kevin Stefanski on Sunday after he tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, that means that Cleveland might be without their play-caller for the franchise’s biggest game in almost 20 years.

Still, the show must go on. It’s up to Baker Mayfield to help pick up the slack on offense. Although he wasn’t perfect in year three, Mayfield took major strides. He threw for a career-low eight interceptions and led his team to a winning record for the first time in his career.

The offense is humming despite the fact that they lost Odell Beckham Jr. seven games into the season. Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, and Donovan Peoples-Jones have stepped up in Beckham’s absence.

Mayfield is also helped out by the fact that he has two great running backs to hand the ball off to 20-30 times a game. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined to rush for 1,908 yards this year. They need to establish the ground game early on Sunday.

 

How To Watch Steelers – Browns Playoff Game

  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 10
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • TV: NBC

 

Prediction: Browns Cover, Lose A Close One

The Browns took major strides in 2020, but they aren’t quite there yet as a legitimate championship contender. Baker Mayfield is going to be able to keep pace with the Steelers for most of this game, but the experience on the Steelers sideline is going to be the difference in this one. The Steelers win, but take the Browns getting the points.

 

Final Score Prediction: Steelers win 24-21

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