The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns are streaking. No, I’m not talking about the kind which involves nudity, but how both teams are on streaks of their own after Week 10 of NFL action. The problem is both teams’ streaks are not of the positive variety.
The Steelers have dropped four games in a row, while the Browns have yet to win a game and bring a shiny 0-10 record into their Week 11 matchup with their AFC North foes. Throw in the weather forecast calling for cold, snow and wind, and you have yourself the making of a ratings killer in Cleveland this Sunday.
Despite both team’s records heading into Week 11, Las Vegas likes the Steelers in this game, by a lot. The opening line has the Steelers as 10-point favorites to win the game this Sunday. Some books have moved into single-digits, but there are still several who remain at the double-digit plateau.
Many could consider there to be a lot wrong with this spread, and even I see this being a sucker’s bet.
The Steelers have only won one game on the road this season, and that was the season-opening win against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Since then? 0-3, and those losses have been absolutely dreadful.
The weather will certainly hinder the passing attack of the Steelers, and might restrict scoring across the board, making the act of covering a double-digit spread even more challenging.
Lastly, the Browns aren’t a team which is throwing in the towel, at least not yet. Despite their winless record, the Browns have played tough against opponents all season for Hue Jackson, and have been in position to win on more than one occasion. They were a short field goal away from beating the Miami Dolphins earlier this year, they blew a 20-point lead against the Baltimore Ravens and even held a lead going into the second half against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday Night Football in Week 10, before the wheels fell off.
Should the Steelers be favored in this game? Absolutely, but by 10-points...on the road? No way. If you think the Steelers cover, you might want to run to the window before the line changes.