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NFL Wild Card Betting Preview: Steelers now 6-point favorites against the Browns

With the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Cleveland, the line keeps moving in favor of the Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are favored over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night in the Wild Card Round. But as the Covid continues to make it’s way through the Browns team, the line has moved even more in the Steelers favor. With head coach Kevin Stefanski and Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio the latest to go on the Reserve/COVID-19 List, it’s difficult to say if the Browns will be missing any more players by the time Sunday arrives.

Will the Steelers bring home their first playoff victory since the 2016 season? Are the Browns Covid issues over or will they be missing more players? Can the Steelers hit the ground running against a depleted opponent?

When it comes to the betting lines for Sunday’s game, the following information is the current consensus spread and over/under for the Steelers this week as reported by oddsshark.com.


Game Info: Wild Card

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns

Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 8:15 PM

Betting line: -6

Over/under: 47.5

Last Regular Season Meeting: Steelers (L) 22-24 vs Browns

Win streak: 1 game CLE

Last 3 Meetings: PIT 2 - 1 CLE

Last 10 Meetings: PIT 7 - 2 - 1 CLE

Playoff Meetings: PIT 2 - 0 CLE


Being the playoffs, their was no opening line for the game but it did start at -3.5 points on Monday morning. The Steelers were 3-point favorites at home in Week 6 against the Browns and were 10-point underdogs in Week 17 in Cleveland.

Being the favorite on Sunday, the Steelers have a current moneyline on sportsbettingdime.com of -265 to win the game straight up, which is the equivalent of 20/53 odds. So a $20 bet placed on the Steelers over the Browns would have a payout of $27.55 ($7.55 plus the original $20 bet). The Browns have a current moneyline of +225, or 9/4 odds. Therefore the same $20 bet placed on Cleveland to win straight up would have a payout of $65 ($45 plus the original $20 bet) .

According to Oddsshark.com, the Steelers are 2-4 against the spread in their last 6 games and are 10-0 straight up in the last 10 home games against Cleveland. The Steelers also have gone OVER in 4 of their last 5 games against the AFC North and have gone UNDER in 13 of their last 20 games playing against Cleveland.

If looking at the futures bets, the Steelers odds to win the Super Bowl are 23/1. The Steelers odds to win the AFC Championship are 11/1 odds with the Kansas City Chiefs having the best odds at 20/23.

SportsBettingDime.com has the odds at https://www.sportsbettingdime.com/nfl/odds/