Week 11 of the NFL season brings us an AFC North showdown. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be packing their bags and heading to Ohio where they will take on the winless Cleveland Browns. The Steelers have hit a bit of a rough patch recently, and last week saw them fall 35-30 at home against the Dallas Cowboys. Meanwhile, the Browns continued their losing ways in a road loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football. Both teams currently sit with losing records.
Back in week six, Ben Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury against the Miami Dolphins. The Steelers would go on to lose that game 30-15. The following week, the Steelers hosted the Patriots without Big Ben, and as you would expect, they lost without putting up much of a fight. Week eight gave them a bye week and was enough to get Ben back on the field in time for week nine. But their fortunes did not change, and now the Steelers are on a four-game losing skid following two losses after their bye. They started the season as one of the most feared teams in the NFL, but their defense certainly is not championship caliber. They catch a break this week, however, as they take on the worst team in the NFL.
No offense Browns fans, but the club has to own that title of worst in the NFL until they win a game. The San Francisco 49ers are pretty close in terms of being brutally awful, but at least they have won a game. So the Browns enter this one against a major division rival in a funk. They are getting eight points, which means the Steelers need to beat them by more than a touchdown. In the past, I would have said it is worth rolling the dice on this Cleveland club given the circumstances their opponent presents. But I have burned by the Browns every time I have shown some faith in them. So until they prove me wrong, I have to pick against them.
Line: Pit -8, O/U: 49
Pick: Steelers and the over
Result: Pit 24 – Cle 9, Pit and the under
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