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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Browns (0-15) at Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3)
Date & Time Sunday December 31, 2017, 1:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -16.5 -- Over/Under:
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NFL | Cleveland Browns (0-15) at Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3)

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Sunday in NFL action at Heinz Field.

The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first victory since Christmas Eve of last year. The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a road game since October of 2015. DeShone Kizer is completing 53.6 percent of his passes for 2,580 yards, nine touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Kizer has one or less touchdown passes in nine of his last 10 games. Duke Johnson Jr. and Seth DeValve have combined for 1,013 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ricardo Louis has 27 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 107.4 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 832 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 25.5 points and 326.8 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 132 tackles, Myles Garrett has six sacks and Jason McCourty has three interceptions. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers look for another victory to win at least 13 games for the first time since the 2004 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four of their last five home games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 4,251 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in each of his last seven games. Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster have combined for 2,307 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Le'Veon Bell has 85 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 102.9 yards per contest, and Bell leads the way with 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 19.9 points and 307.8 yards per game. Sean Davis leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 89 tackles, Cameron Heyward has 12 sacks and Mike Hilton has two interceptions.

The Browns are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in December and 15-36-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Steelers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 17 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Browns are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

The Cleveland Browns gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a run for their money in the first week of the season, but both of these teams are in different spaces at the end of the season. The Browns have scored 16 or less points in five of their last six games and are proving they simply don't have the horses to hang with the playoff caliber teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a beatdown over the Houston Texans and probably want to keep their foot on the gas with the playoffs right around the corner. It seems like every week people try to make a case for the Browns and the points, and every week they continue to come up short. So, while the spread here is insane, I'm not falling for the Cleveland trap. Give me the Steelers in a blowout. 

Pittsburgh Steelers -16.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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