The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) play the Cleveland Browns (7-9) at Acrisure Stadium on 8th January at 13:00.
The Steelers hold third place in the AFC North for this divisional matchup with eight wins from 16 matches, one game clear of the fourth-place Browns.
The Steelers are clear favorites to add another win to their haul. Form is looking good, and with home-field advantage to boot, they’ll look to down the Browns in style in front of their supporters at the Acrisure Stadium.
Pittsburgh Steelers VS Cleveland Browns Betting lines
Pittsburgh Steelers VS Cleveland Browns Betting expert picks
Pittsburgh Steelers VS Cleveland Browns Moneyline
The Pittsburgh Steelers are riding a three-game winning streak heading into this Week 18 matchup. The hosts are 8-8 for the season and 3-4 at home. On the other side, the Cleveland Browns are the clear underdogs at +130.
The visitors are currently 2-3 SU on the road after losing three of their past five road trips.
Pittsburgh Steelers VS Cleveland Browns Spread
Judging by the 3-point spread in the Week 18 betting line, the Pittsburgh Steelers will beat the Cleveland Browns, but the gap between the teams won’t be much more than a field goal.
In the last ten matchups in this series, the average points margin between these two sides was 10.9 points.
In their most recent games against AFC North opponents, the Steelers went 6-5 ATS. Their offense managed 17.9 points per game in that stretch, while the defense gave up 21.5 points on average.
In their previous ten games, the Steelers went 7-3 ATS overall and 5-3-1 ATS in the last nine games at home.
The past 11 games against AFC North opposition saw the Cleveland Browns end up 5-6 ATS. During that span, the offense produced 20.4 points per game and the defense allowed an average of 17.3 points.
In their past 10 matches, the Cleveland Browns went 6-4 ATS and ended up 5-4 ATS from their nine most recent road trips.
Pittsburgh Steelers VS Cleveland Browns Total
Judging by a points average of 44.1 points from the last ten matchups of this series, the total should land somewhere between 40 and 45 points for the latest encounter between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.
The average total from the last five meetings between the Steelers and Browns was 48.4 points, 9.4 points higher than 39.0—the number set by the oddsmakers for Sunday’s contest at the Acrisure Stadium.
In their most recent AFC North matchups at the Acrisure Stadium, the Steelers averaged 42.0 points per game and went 1-4 against the total. Looking back on the last five games on home soil for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the total went over one time. They are 4-6 against the total overall from their previous ten matches.
In the Cleveland Browns’ most recent AFC North matchups on the road, the score ended up 1-4 against the total and averaged 39.8 points. The under market has paid out as the winning bet in each of the Cleveland Browns’ last ten games.
Pittsburgh Steelers VS Cleveland Browns Betting trends
- Pittsburgh Steelers have covered the spread in five of their last six games.
- four of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ last five games went under
- Cleveland Browns’ points total went under in their last three road games
NFL Power Rankings Week 18 2022, Pittsburgh Steelers VS Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers Form
Form-wise, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking strong on the back of three consecutive wins. A 13-16 triumph over the Baltimore Ravens last week extended their winning streak, leaving them 6-4 in their last 10 matches overall.
It’s not the Steelers’ forte to put points on the board. Their offense is one of the worst in the league, averaging 17.5 points per game this season.
Surrendering 20.8 points per game leaves the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense around the middle of the pack compared to the rest of the league’s defensive units.
Having reached the wild card round of the playoffs last January, the Pittsburgh Steelers were tipped for a repeat this year. However, unless the home side can overturn an 8-8 record in the final week, a spot in the NFL postseason seems unlikely at this stage.
Cleveland Browns Form
The Cleveland Browns went 7-9 for the season last week by defeating the Washington Commanders 10-24. In their past ten matches, they’ve gone 5-5 and are also 2-3 in their last five on the road.
The away offense has been struggling lately. In the last five matches, the unit has only put up 16.8 points on average, which is less than the Cleveland Browns’ season average of 21.7 points.
A middle-of-the-pack defense is what the Cleveland Browns have to offer ahead of their latest road trip, with 22.1 points allowed across 16 matches so far.
The Browns will not be making the playoffs this season. While they were expected to struggle, being winless at 7-9 means there is little hope left for them this year. The best they can do now is focus on getting a strong pick in next year’s draft order.
Pittsburgh Steelers VS Cleveland Browns H2H history
The total reached 39.0 points in the most recent encounter between these teams in September 2022. The matchup ended in a 29-17 road victory for the Cleveland Browns back then.
Playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road has often proved to be an experience to forget for the Cleveland Browns, especially in their last five visits, which saw them fall to defeat four times.
The Pittsburgh Steelers managed an average of 23.6 points a game in their ten most recent outings against the Cleveland Browns, who averaged 20.5 points.