The big story in the NFL wagering online matchup between Cleveland and Pittsburgh is the return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
He had to sit out the first four games of the season and the Steelers survived as they went 3-1. They should get to 4-1 as they host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Steelers are already a very popular NFL bet this week.
Cleveland QB Issues – The Browns have major trouble at quarterback. They were doing okay with Seneca Wallace at quarterback but he got hurt last week and was replaced by Jake Delhomme. He went out and threw the game away against the Falcons and then got hurt. Cleveland is expected to turn to rookie Colt McCoy this week against Pittsburgh. Good luck to the Browns with a rookie going into face the Pittsburgh defense.
Cleveland Running Game – With a rookie quarterback the Browns will look to run the ball. Peyton Hillis has been very good this season and has 350 yards and four touchdowns.
Roethlisberger – The Steelers will get Big Ben back this week and he is a huge upgrade to their offense. The Steelers won three of their first four games but they won because of their defense. Now they should be able to score points with Roethlisberger back in the lineup.
Trends Favor Cleveland – There is no doubt you won’t want to take the Browns with a rookie quarterback at Pittsburgh but the trends do point to the Browns and they are getting 14 points at Sbg global. The Browns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. the AFC North. The Browns are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in October and they are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. They are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog. Pittsburgh is 26-12-1 ATS in their last 39 games in October but they are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite and they are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. And they are 1-5-1 against the NFL wagering online number in their last 7 vs. the AFC North. Plus, the Browns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings against Pittsburgh.
Total Trends – If you are looking at the total, the Over is 50-24-3 in the Steelers last 77 home games. In this series, the Over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh.