The Pittsburgh Steelers begin their season against the Cleveland Browns for the second consecutive year on Sunday, with every expectation of claiming another Opening Day victory over their Turnpike rivals. Despite the issues with their star running back, the Steelers are still clear favorites to post their seventh straight win over Cleveland.
After going through some extensive changes to team personnel this offseason, the Browns are are confident they will be better than the team that went 0-16 in 2017. But an opening line of -6.5 points seems to suggest the bookmakers disagree in Week 1. As attractive as less than a touchdown might have been early in the week, a spread of 4 points as of Wednesday is sure to see plenty of action from Steeler fans closer to game day.
From an opening totals position of 47 points, it would appear the presumed absence of Le’Veon Bell has caused the line to drop by a few points and most sports books are currently offering an Over/Under of 44 points — perhaps somewhat high for the first game of the year between two divisional rivals. The under still looks to be the play despite the falling line.
A money line of -210 to +175 seems to be a solid value for a Pittsburgh team that has such a dominant record against the Browns in recent years.
According to Oddsshark,com, The total has gone under in eight of the Steelers last 11 games against Cleveland, with all of their last fives games on the road at FirstEnergy Stadium going under too. Pittsburgh is 5-4-1 against the spread in their last 10 matchups with the Browns and 3-7 versus the over.