Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 1/10/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Wild Card Playoff
Game: Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh -3.5
Heinz Field is the venue where Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) will take on the Cleveland Browns (11-5) on Sunday in an AFC Wildcard matchup. Pittsburgh opens this contest as 3.5-point favorites. The total opens at 47.
The Cleveland Browns head into this matchup 11-5 this season. In Week 17 they took on the Steelers and notched a win by a score of 24-22. Baker Mayfield went 17/27 with 196 yards through the air and completed 1 TD. He walked away with no picks. Nick Chubb paced the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 47 yards and he tallied 1 TD for the game. He ran for 108 yards via 14 carries which means he ran for an average of 7.7 yards per tote. Rashard Higgins was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 55 yards on 2 receptions. He notched an average of 27.5 yards per reception during the game. The Cleveland Browns ran the ball 31 times and racked up a total of 192 yards giving them an average of 6.2 yards per carry. Overall, they ran 62 plays which added up to 358 yards. In the game, the Browns earned 21 first downs and they had a total of 4 penalties for 19 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Cleveland gave up 26 catches on 44 tries totaling 309 yards, and a completion percentage of 59.0%. On the ground, the Browns gave up 85 yards on 20 attempts which means they had an average of 4.3 yards per attempt allowed. Overall, they gave up 394 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
When talking about putting points on the board, the Cleveland Browns are averaging 25.5 points per contest. As a unit they have an average of 148.4 yards on the ground which ranks them 3rd in the league. The Browns have racked up 5,913 yards in total for this campaign. With reference to scoring touchdowns, Cleveland has amassed 27 touchdowns via the pass and 21 touchdowns via the ground. The Browns sit in 21st in the league when it comes to the opposition scoring, giving up 26.2 PPG. They are allowing an average of 4.3 yards per run and 110.8 rushing yards per contest this season. Overall, they have conceded 1,773 yards via the ground game in 16 contests. Regarding yards through the air, the Browns have allowed 3,962 yards which has them sitting in 22nd in the NFL. In their 16 games, they are giving up 247.6 yards per game through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 63.4%. For the year, they are allowing 358.4 yards/outing which has them sitting 17th in the NFL.
The Steelers head into this game 12-4 for this year. In their loss to the Browns on Sunday, James Conner paced the team in rushing during the game. He tore off a long run of 9 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He racked up a total of 37 yards by way of 9 carries which gave him an average of 4.1 yards per tote. Chase Claypool was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 101 yards on 5 catches. He averaged 20.2 yards per reception during the game. Mason Rudolph went 22/39 with 315 yards passing and added 2 touchdowns. He tossed 1 pick on the day. The Pittsburgh Steelers ran the ball 20 times and earned a total of 87 yards earning them an average of 4.4 yards per carry. For the contest, the Steelers got 18 first downs and they totaled 2 penalties for 15 yards. Overall, they ran 65 plays which gave them a total of 395 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Pittsburgh allowed 16 completions on 26 throws totaling 166 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.0%. For this contest, they gave up a total of 358 yards but went the whole game without forcing a turnover. In the running game, the Steelers allowed 192 yards on 31 runs which means they had an average of 6.2 yards per carry allowed.
When it comes to putting points on the board, the Steelers are sitting 12th out of all teams in the NFL by tallying 26.0 points per contest. Over the course of the season thus far, the Steelers have a total of 4,003 passing yards as well as holding an average of 250.2 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 15th in the league. They maintain an average of 84.4 run yards per game and have rushed for 1,351 yards for this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold an average of 334.6 yards per game which ranks them 24th in the league. When it comes to yards through the air, the Steelers have given up 3,110 yards which ranks them 3rd in the NFL. During the season, they have allowed 305.8 yards per game which ranks them 3rd in the league. The Steelers are sitting in 3rd in the National Football League when it comes to team defense, giving up 19.5 points per game. They are allowing 4.3 yards per rushing attempt and 111.4 yards on the ground per game this year. Over the course of their 16 games played, they have relinquished 194.4 yards per contest via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 56.7%. During the season, they have conceded 1,783 rushing yards through 16 contests.
Who will win tonight's Browns/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Steelers -3.5
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