You aren’t going to find two teams that hate each other more than these two that are going to meet on Thursday Night Football, as the Cleveland Browns take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Year To Date Record: 44-47 ATS
Upset Record: 11-25, -$1,155
Week 14 NFL Matchup: Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Thursday, December 8th, 8:20 ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
NFL Lines: Pittsburgh -14
Week 14 NFL TV Schedule: NFL Network
Browns Notes: The season has really gone up in flames this year for the Browns. They really thought that they were going to compete with the big boys, but right from the very start of the season with a loss at home to the Cincinnati Bengals, things just weren’t going well. QB Colt McCoy has only completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 2,524 yards and 14 TDs against nine picks. Those aren’t the most awful numbers in the world, but when you consider the fact that no one has run the ball for even 400 yards over the course of the year on the team. The good news is that the ground game does have its best back, RB Peyton Hillis in the lineup again, and he had a relatively respectable game in last week’s loss against the Baltimore Ravens, accounting for 45 yards on 12 carries. Of course, that all pales in comparison to the 290 rushing yards that the team allowed, including 204 to RB Ray Rice a week ago, and if the Steelers can keep that up this week, it’ll be another long game as the 24-10 loss was last week to Baltimore.
Steelers Notes: The Steelers have their work cut out for them if they want to win the AFC North and contend for the top seed in the conference. However, first things first… clinching a playoff spot. With nine wins already, it’s really only going to take one more win to likely get the job done when the rest of the conference behind them has just seven wins. A victory and some help on Sunday will get the job done. Pittsburgh still has some major injury issues. LB LaMarr Woodley is already out of the lineup in this one with a hamstring injury, and DT Chris Hoke just underwent season ending surgery. WRs Arnaz Battle and Emmanuel Sanders are both likely going to be out of this game as well. That being said, the three losses that the Steelers have had have all come against fellow 9-3 teams in the conference, twice against the Ravens and once against the Houston Texans. There just doesn’t seem to be any way that the men in black and gold are going to lose this one with their goal, a return trip to the Super Bowl, being oh so close.
The Final Word: Still, the Steelers just have this knack of failing to cover these double digit point spreads. They have failed in all three of their efforts as double digit favorites this year in spite of the fact that they have won all three all of those games. Cleveland hasn’t been beaten by more than two TDs in a month, and we tend to think that it will find a way to stick inside that hefty number once again in this game.
Week 14 NFL Pick: Cleveland Browns +14
NFL Football Prediction: Pittsburgh 27 – Cleveland 17