Believe it or not, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns are just a handful of key plays away from being a stunning 6-1 heading into their Week 8 matchup against longtime AFC North division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, though the Browns have been competitive almost all season long and now NFL betting enthusiasts need to know if they could either pull off the huge outright upset over Ben Roethlisberger and company or cover the chalk as a near, double-digit road dog.
If you’re wondering whether the revamped Browns are the pick or whether the Steelers can hold it down to cover the chalk at home, let’s get to my expert NFL Betting pick right now.
Browns vs Steelers NFL Week 8 Lines & Game Preview
- When: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
- TV: CBS
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL League Pass
- NFL Week 8 Lines: Pittsburgh -8 (Total 51)
- Chance of Rain: 8°C/46°F
- Humidity: 85%
- Precipitation: 40%
- Cloud Cover: 93%
- Wind: 6 mph WSW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet On The Cleveland Browns?Why should you bet on Cleveland in this Week 8 matchup? Believe it or not, there are a bunch of good reasons. First, as I stated earlier, the Browns have been super competitive in every game except their 38-14 week 6 blowout loss against the Chargers.
Cleveland has gone to overtime in three of their last four games and was it not for some untimely failures, Cleveland could very well be 6-1 right now.
Mayfield and the Browns put up another great effort in their heartbreaking 26-23 overtime road loss to Tampa Bay last weekend, as Mayfield passed for 215 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and the Browns defense picked off Jameis Winston twice.
“We had our chances to win it. We just didn’t finish some things,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said.
Cleveland outscored Tampa Bay 14-0 in the fourth quarter to get the game to overtime, but they couldn’t quite finish, as has been the case for Cleveland multiple times this season. The Bucs were lifted to victory on Chandler Catanzaro’s game-winning 59-yard field goal with just under two minutes remaining in OT.
“This is our fourth overtime game. We’re not trying to get to overtime and if we do, we want to win the game,” Jackson added. “We’ve got to find a way to finish these games in the W column.”
The best reason to back the Browns, however, is that, in recent meetings, they’ve given the Steelers all they handle and then some. The Browns battled the Steelers to a 21-21 tie in their regular season opener, so they should have plenty of confidence.
- Average Score For: 21.57
- Total Yards: 357.43
- Rush Yards: 135.00
- Passing Yards: 222.43
- Average Score Against: 25.29
- Total Yards: 413.57
- Rush Yards: 134.71
- Passing Yards: 278.86
Why Bet On The Pittsburgh Steelers?Why should you back the Steelers in this contest? Well, there’s the fact that Pittsburgh is well-rested after getting a bye last weekend. Then there’s the fact that the Steelers are starting to heat up as they’ve won two straight and three of their last four games after an unusually slow start this season.
Pittsburgh got past Cincinnati 28-21 in a thriller two weeks ago as Ben Roethlisberger hooked up with Antonio Brown for a 31-yard TD pass with 10 seconds remaining in regulation. James Conner rushed for 11 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries while Roethlisberger passed for 369 yards and one TD in the win.
“We’ve been in that situation a lot, and I knew we were going to do it,” Brown said.
“When you see that look (a blitz), it’s how fast can I get him the ball,” said Roethlisberger, of his game-winning TD toss.
- Average Score For: 28.50
- Total Yards: 417.67
- Rush Yards: 88.67
- Passing Yards: 329.00
- Average Score Against: 25.67
- Total Yards: 380.16
- Rush Yards: 97.83
- Passing Yards: 282.33
Browns vs Steelers NFL Week 8 Betting Trends
- Cleveland is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
- Cleveland is 2-21-1 SU in its last 24 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games
- Pittsburgh is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
- Pittsburgh is 13-4-1 SU in its last 18 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games
Expert Final Analysis & Score Prediction for Browns vs SteelersI know the Steelers have won two straight and three of their last four games overall, but each of the last four meetings between Pittsburgh and Cleveland has been decided by four points or less and I’m expecting a similar outcome for this week 8 matchup.
The Browns are gone 3-0-1 ATS over the last four meetings against the Steelers and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games on grass, Despite their status as perennial AFC title contenders, Pittsburgh has gone an uninspiring 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against their AFC North division rivals and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games. I’m going to back the Steelers for the outright win, but the Browns to cover the spread with another great effort that has come to define them this season.
Score: Cleveland Browns 23 – Pittsburgh Steelers 28