Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - 9/7/14 NFL Pick and Odds
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 -6 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers open the 2014 regular season with a matchup at Heinz Field.
The Cleveland Browns hope that this season is the start of something special after making a few key signings during the offseason. Not only did the Browns lockup shutdown cornerback Joe Haden for years to come, but they also signed running back Ben Tate and wide receiver Miles Austin to help bolster an offense that struggled to move the ball at times. Despite drafting Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns have decided to roll with Brian Hoyer at quarterback, a signal-caller who threw for 615 yards and five touchdowns in limited action last season. With Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner also on the defensive side of the ball, the Cleveland Browns actually have a solid core to build around that could surprise some people this season.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers know that they’re a better football team than last season and are eager to prove themselves beginning in this game. On offense, the Steelers are pretty much the same team they’ve been for quite some time with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, Le’Veon Bell at running back and Antonio Brown at wide receiver. The Steelers have to get back to physical running football in order for their offense to get going and the additions of LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer should help improve in that area. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a mixture of youth and experience as Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor hold down the secondary, while the youth in Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier hold down the fort in the front seven.
The Browns are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Steelers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1. The Browns are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
While the Browns are moving in the right direction and have more talent than I can remember, this has a Steelers victory written all over it. The crowd and team will be hungry to put last season behind them and a solid division victory will be the start. Give me Pitt by a touchdown.