Updated: Oct 28, 2021
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Coming off the bye week, the Steelers will take on the Browns in a crucial AFC North matchup on Sunday in Cleveland. With the Steelers currently at the bottom of the division at 3-3, there really is no room for error. To get a divisional win on the road would be huge, and it could possibly set up the Steelers with a record of 6-3 by the end of Week 10, as they face the Bears and Lions at Heinz Field in their next two games. Of course, nothing is guaranteed, but they are favorable matchups for the Steelers.
According to Oddsshark.com, the Browns are currently 3.5-point favorites against the Steelers and the over/under is 42.5 points. The line could drop if Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is rule out, as he's dealing with a shoulder injury. And, as of right now, it looks like Case Keenum will be under center instead of Mayfield.
The Steelers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games and the total has gone under in four of Pittsburgh's last six games. The Steelers are also 1-4 straight up in their last five road games.
The Browns are 13-2 straight up in its last 15 games as a home favorite, while the Steelers are 11-4 against the spread in its last 15 games as an underdog.
The Steelers are 77-61-1 all-time against the Browns. However, since 1999 when the Browns were re-established in Cleveland, the Steelers are 36-9-1 against their longtime rivals.
Although, the Browns have had recent success against the Steelers. They're on a two-game winning steak against the Steelers, which includes the embarrassing wild-card round game loss at Heinz Field this past January. The Browns have also not lost to the Steelers in Cleveland since 2017. They tied the Steelers in 2018 and then were victorious in 2019 and 2020.
The Steelers are 22-6-1 under Mike Tomlin against the Browns and 8-5-1 in Cleveland. Ben Roethlisberger is 24-3-1 in his career against the Browns and is 11-2-1 when playing in Cleveland.