The Pittsburgh Steelers kick off their 2017 regular season Sunday as they travel to Cleveland to play the Browns. Not only does this mark the start of the regular season, but also both team’s division play within the AFC North.
Starting the year 1-0, and tacking on a nice 1-0 record within the division, will certainly be a wonderful start to the season for one of these two teams, but which team is anyone’s guess.
It is time we take a look at the NFL experts, to see who they predict will win this AFC North grudge match between two very bitter rivals.
For the folks here at SB Nation, they are behind the favored Steelers, but it isn’t a unanimous decision. Of the eight experts to place weekly picks, one actually thinks the Browns will win. Crazy, right? Well, there is a good chance these picks were made before Myles Garrett was knocked from the lineup with a high ankle sprain.
Over at ESPN, they too like the Steelers, but this is a unanimous decision. Not one person thinks the Browns stand a chance, and the same can be said about the experts from CBS Sports. Both websites which plenty of experts giving their opinions think the Steelers will roll in the opening game of the season.
Those are just three websites though. What about all the other experts who make predictions on a weekly basis?
This is where our friends at NFL Pick Watch come in. They compile all expert draft picks into one easy-to-read chart, and according to their calculations, 95-percent of experts like the Steelers to start the season with a 1-0 record.
There you have it. The Steelers and Browns will play Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET, and although the outcome is anyone’s guess at this point and time, the experts clearly like the Steelers in this AFC North contest.