Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-12)
|Date & Time||Sunday January 3, 2016, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cleveland Browns +10 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Steelers need this victory to have any shot of sneaking into the playoffs. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 3,584 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Roethlisberger has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant have combined for 2,412 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Markus Wheaton has 41 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 112.9 yards per contest, and DeAngelo Williams leads the way with 899 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 20.5 points and 369.7 yards per game. Lawrence Timmons leads the Steelers with 110 tackles, Cameron Heyward has seven sacks and Ross Cockrell has 10 pass deflections. Antwon Blake is questionable with a back injury.
The Cleveland Browns hope to avoid their worst record since the 2000 season. Johnny Manziel is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 1,500 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Manziel has thrown a pick in four straight games. Travis Benjamin and Gary Barnidge have combined for 1,890 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Brian Hartline has 46 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 96.2 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 653 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 26.9 points and 379.2 yards per game. Karlos Dansby leads the Browns with 101 tackles, Armonty Bryant has 5.5 sacks and Tramon Williams has 10 pass deflections. Marlon Moore, Armonty Bryant and Glenn Winston are questionable.
I'm not sure I love the huge chalk here but the Browns have been awful pretty much all season long and their defense is no match for the Steelers offensive weapons. Pittsburgh is still playing for a possible playoff spot and has scored 30 points in two of its last three games against the Browns.
Give me the Steelers by double digits.