The Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1, 1-0 Away) head to take on the Cleveland Browns (1-1, 0-1 Home) at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday. The Browns are 4.5-point favorites, and the total is 38.Pittsburgh is coming off a tight 17-14 loss at the hands of the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium on Sunday. Mitch Trubisky was 21 of 33 for 168 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Najee Harris ran 15 times for 49 yards. He added five receptions for 40 yards. Diontae Johnson was targeted 10 times, catching six passes for 57 yards. Cleveland lost 31-30 to the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. Jacoby Brissett threw for 229 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Nick Chubb carried 17 times for 87 yards and three touchdowns. Amari Cooper added a touchdown of his own. He was targeted 10 times, hauling in nine receptions for 101 yards.
The Steelers won both games between the teams last season, including a 26-14 win in their last meeting in January. Ben Roethlisberger tossed one touchdown for Pittsburgh, as Harris added a rushing TD. Baker Mayfield tossed two touchdowns for Cleveland.
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The Steelers are averaging 18.5 points per game so far this season, 19th in the NFL, and they are facing a Browns defense that has surrendered 27.5 PPG (26th). Meanwhile, Cleveland has scored 28.0 points a game this season, seventh in the league, and Pittsburgh is allowing 18.5 PPG (12th).The Steelers rank as one of the league’s worst teams in passing yards per game (181.0, 30th), while they are 26th in rushing yards (83.0). The Browns are 26th in passing yards allowed per game (279.5) and fourth against the run (73.5).Cleveland has been the league’s top rushing team, averaging 200.5 yards per game, while ranking 28th in passing yards (188.0). The Steelers are allowing 295.0 passing yards (29th) and 128.5 rushing yards per game (22nd).Pittsburgh is averaging 2.0 red zone trips a game so far this season, second lowest in the NFL, finding the end zone 50% of the time (19th).
Through two games, Trubisky has thrown for two touchdowns (1 INT) and 181.0 yards per game to lead Pittsburgh in passing. In one prior away game this season, he had one TD and 194 yards passing. Harris leads the team in rushing with an average of 36.0 yards a game over two games. Johnson is the Steelers’ leading receiver with 56.0 yards a game. He is averaging 6.5 receptions on 11.0 targets per game. Brissett has two passing touchdowns (1 INT) with 188.0 yards per game through two games to lead Cleveland. In one previous home game this season, he threw for one TD (1 INT) and 229 yards. Chubb has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 114.0 yards a game through two games. He has three touchdowns. Cooper has been the primary target in the Browns’ aerial attack. He has one touchdown and a 59.0 yard per game average through two appearances. Cooper is averaging 8.0 targets per game (6.0 receptions).
SportsTips’ NFL Pick:
Cleveland Browns (-200)
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