Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers- 9/7/14
Cleveland Browns (4-12) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -5 -- Over/Under: 41.5 See the Latest Odds
The Browns and Steelers meet up at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in week one in a show down of AFC North rivals looking to get back into the playoff picture.
The Cleveland Browns have become the epicentre of football over the last couple of months thanks largely in part to the selection of Johnny Manziel in the NFL draft as well as the suspension of one of the game’s best wide receivers in Josh Gordon who is out for the season. Cleveland made some acquisitions in the offseason by acquiring Karlos Dansby and drafting Justin Gilbert to be paired with all pro corner Joe Haden but for all of their defensive stars the Browns have very little to offer offensively and to me will be hard pressed to find success this season without Josh Gordon in the lineup. They did acquire Ben Tate from the Texans to headman their running game and do have one of the best tight ends in the game in Jordan Cameron but a lackluster receiving corps and no real option at quarterback will make this a long season for Cleveland especially against strong defensive teams.
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The Steelers meanwhile look to get back to the postseason and chase down another division title but will be in tough with an aging defense and some question marks through the air. Ben Roethlisberger is a solid quarterback and he has Antonio Brown at his disposal but losing Emmanuel Sanders will hurt and the off field issues surrounding Le’Veon are a bit concerning leaving the Steelers offense in a bit of disarray. The AFC North is wide open as the Ravens and Bengals both look to be in decline this year so the Steelers are optimistic they can make a push to win the division but I just don’t see it from this team despite having some play makers on both sides of the ball. The Browns are atrocious but I don’t like this line as I think Cleveland’s defense is better than Pittsburgh’s and in a divisional show down I think we see a tight contest where points are at a premium. Take the under for now and wait for the line to shift before jumping on one side or the other.