The Cleveland Browns are 0-5-1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers since November of 2016, but they’ll have a chance to close the gap on Thursday. Cleveland and Pittsburgh will face off in an AFC North battle at 8:20 p.m. ET at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland will be seeking to avenge the 33-18 loss they suffered the last time these two teams played Oct. 28 of last year.
The Browns came out on top in a nail-biter against the Buffalo Bills last week, sneaking past 19-16. Cleveland’s success was the result of a balanced attack that saw several players step up, but WR Jarvis Landry led the charge as he caught nine passes for 97 yards and one TD.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh didn’t have too much breathing room in their contest with the Los Angeles Rams, but they still walked away with a 17-12 win. No one had a big game offensively for Pittsburgh, but they got scores from WR James Washington and FS Minkah Fitzpatrick. Mason Rudolph’s longest connection was to Washington for 34 yards in the second quarter. Washington scored a touchdown as well, which was his first of the season.
This next matchup is expected to be close, with the Browns going off at just a 3-point favorite. They may be expected to win, but bettors beware: they are only 1-3-1 against the spread when favored.
Their wins bumped the Browns to 3-6 and the Steelers to 5-4. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: The Browns are fourth worst in the NFL in interceptions, having thrown 12 on the season. To make matters even worse for the Browns, Pittsburgh enters the game having picked the ball off 14 times, good for second in the the league. Maybe that strength will give Pittsburgh the oomph they need to beat the odds