The Steelers last won October 9 when they beat the Jets 31-13. After that win, various injuries too their toll. Losses to Miami 30-15, New England 27-16, Baltimore 21-14 and Dallas 35-30 followed. It’s been a tough four-week stretch for Pittsburgh.
The Browns have lost some close ones and some blowouts. As of late, Cleveland, which has no stability at quarterback, lost to Dallas 35-10, Cincinnati 31-17 and Baltimore 28- 7. Two close losses over the past five weeks were to the Jets 31-28 and Titans 28-26.
Pittsburgh Offense vs. Browns D
The Cleveland defense is problematic. One major problem has to due with the fact that they are giving up just over 30 PPG. They do have eight picks with corner Joe Haden being responsible for three or those, as well as nine PD. But Haden may be hampered by a groin injury in this game. DB Jamar Taylor (2 INT, 8 PD) is also questionable today. LBs Christian Kirksey (94 TCKLS, 1.5 Sacks, 5 TFL, 2 PD) and Demario Davis (65 TCKLS, 1 Sack, 4 TFL, 2 PD, 1 FF) are first and second in tackles and TFL. If they can play big today, the Browns may have a shot.
Cleveland Offense vs. Steelers D
The Pittsburgh defense, which is holding teams to 22.9 PPG, is vulnerable to the pass. Teams are generating 286.4 yards per game in the air against them. The strong suits for this team are their forced fumbles, which stand at 11 with six recovered, and passes defended, which are at 39. But 13 sacks and four interceptions aren’t good enough for a defense to stop quality teams. Pittsburgh is dealing with some injuries, including one that’s taken DE Cameron Heyward out of today’s game. LB Ryan Shazier (40 TCKLS, 0.05 Sacks, 4 TFL, 3 PD, 1 INT, 2 FF, 1 REC) is a massive force and could have a big game today.
NFL Free Pick Pittsburgh Plays Cleveland
In our NFL free pick Pittsburgh plays Cleveland in a game where the line stated with the Steelers at -10. It’s down to -8.0 now. We’re going with that. The Steelers are due for a big game and this one offers them the best opportunity to get back on track with a 10-point or better win.