Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 1/3/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 17
Game: Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Monday, January 3, 2022
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Steelers (+3)
The Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7-1) host the Cleveland Browns (7-8) at Heinz Field on Monday. Cleveland opens this contest as 3-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 41.
The Cleveland Browns head into this game 7-8 for this year. In their last contest, the Browns played the Packers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 24-22. Nick Chubb was the leader on the ground for the Browns with 17 attempts for 126 yards (7.4 yds per carry). Rashard Higgins held an average of 11.6 yds per reception by accumulating 58 yards on 5 receptions. Baker Mayfield went 21/36 with 222 yds passing and 2 TDs. He had a QB rating of 55.3 and walked away from the contest with 4 picks. In the running game, the Browns gave up 109 yards on 24 attempts, which is an average of 4.5 yards per rush surrendered. Cleveland conceded 24 pass completions on 34 tries for a total of 202 yds, and a completion rate of 70.6%. When all was said and done, they had 66 plays which totaled 408 yds. The Cleveland Browns ran the rock 25 times and tallied 219 yds, which is an average of 8.8 yds per attempt.
The Browns have earned 5,183 yards in total this season. Cleveland has a total of 161 first downs offensively, and they have committed 98 infractions for 912 yards. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Cleveland has earned 17 passing touchdowns and 19 rushing touchdowns. They have surrendered the ball 18 times (11 interceptions and 7 fumbles). As a team they're averaging 144.9 yards on the ground which ranks them 3rd in the NFL. When it comes to scoring points, the Cleveland Browns hold an average of 20.9 points per game.
Regarding passing yards, the Browns have given up 3,227 yards which ranks them 8th in football. They have relinquished 215.1 yards per outing via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 65.5%. In total, they have given up 321.0 yards/contest putting them at 7th in the league. They have granted 27 touchdowns by air as well as 12 touchdowns pounding the rock. They are giving up 4.1 yards per attempt on the ground and 105.9 rushing yards per contest for the season. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 1,588 rushing yards through 15 games. The Browns are sitting in 16th in the league concerning their opponents scoring, allowing 21.9 PPG.
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The Steelers come into this matchup with a record of 7-7-1 this season. The last time they took the field, the Steelers went home defeated by a final of 36-10 when they played the Chiefs. Ben Roethlisberger (1 TD) finished the contest with 159 yards on 23/35 passing while his quarterback rating was 73.4. He had 1 interception and his avg yards per attempt was 4.54 yards. Diontae Johnson was the top contributor in the passing game for the Steelers, catching 6 footballs for 51 yards (8.5 yards per catch). Najee Harris ran the ball 19 times for 93 yds, finishing the game with 4.9 yards per attempt for Pittsburgh. The Steelers finished the game with 303 yds while running 70 plays (4.3 yds per play). Pittsburgh ran for 5.2 yds per attempt, finishing with 130 yards on 25 carries. Pittsburgh allowed 35 run attempts for 127 yds (3.6 yds per rush). The Steelers secondary gave up a completion rate of 76.7%, surrendering 254 yds on 23 for 30 passing.
Regarding their scoring prowess, the Steelers rank 22nd in the league by scoring 20.1 points per outing. For the year so far, the Steelers have a total of 3,434 passing yards in addition to an average of 228.9 passing yards per game, which has them sitting 14th out of all NFL teams. They hold an average of 87.6 yards per game via the rush and have toted the ball for 1,314 yards overall. The Pittsburgh Steelers average 316.5 yards/contest ranking them 22nd out of all teams in the league. The Pittsburgh offense has totaled 737 yards of penalties on 95 violations, which ranks them 16th in the NFL in terms of helping out the opposition. They have tossed 9 picks while losing 9 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 180 first downs.
Pittsburgh has yielded a total of 2,141 yards on the ground (142.7 yards/game) in addition to 16 touchdowns rushing this season. They have yielded 22 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 225.7 yards per game, ranking them 13th in football. Their defense has 17 turnovers (8 fumbles recovered and 9 picks) so far this season. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 371 points in total. The Steelers defense has taken part in 978 plays, which ranks 27th in the league. The Steelers are conceding 24.7 PPG, which has them sitting 22nd of all teams in the NFL.
Who will win tonight's Browns/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Steelers +3
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