NFL Predictions Week 17: Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers 1/3/21 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions

NFL Predictions Week 17: Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers 1/3/21 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) at Cleveland Browns (10-5)

NFL Football: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)

The Line: Cleveland Browns -7 -- Over/Under: 42.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Cleveland Browns face off with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday in AFC North week 17 NFL action at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH.

The Pittsburgh Steelers look for a win after losing three of their last four games. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won five of their last seven road games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,804 yards, 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool have combined for 1,600 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while JuJu Smith-Schuster has 91 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 84.3 yards per contest, and James Conner leads the way with 683 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 19.2 points and 302.3 yards per game. Minkah Fitzpatrick leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 74 tackles, TJ Watt has 15 sacks and Mike Hilton has three interceptions.

The Cleveland Browns will advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 with a victory here. The Cleveland Browns have won five of their last seven home games. Baker Mayfield is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 3,367 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Mayfield has 10 touchdown passes in his last five games. Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins have combined for 1,333 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Austin Hooper has 42 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 145.5 yards per contest, and Nick Chubb leads the way with 959 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 26.5 points and 356.1 yards per game. BJ Goodson leads the Cleveland Browns with 91 tackles, Myles Garrett has 12 sacks and Denzel Ward has two interceptions.

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The Steelers are 13-5-3 ATS in their last 21 games in January and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Browns are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Steelers last 8 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Browns last 6 games as a favorite. The home team is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

With the AFC North clinched, the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely going to rest all of their key players for this game. The Cleveland Browns have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in 18 years and are expected to get some of their receivers back from the COVID-19 list. The Browns should be big favorites for obvious reasons, however, that playoffs on the line didn't stop the Browns from losing to the Ravens at home in a primetime spot and losing to the Jets last week. It's what the Browns do. Them losing this game wouldn't surprise anybody. This will also be just the fourth time since 2014 where the Browns are favored by seven or more points. No, thanks.

Give me the Steelers and the free touchdown.

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Steelers +7

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