Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 9/18/2023 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 2
Game: Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Monday, September 18, 2023
Location: Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Steelers (-1)
Acrisure Stadium is the location where the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) will play the Cleveland Browns (1-0) on Monday. Pittsburgh opens this contest as 1-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under is 43.5.
The Cleveland Browns head into this game 1-0 for this season. The last time they stepped on the gridiron, the Browns played against the Bengals and notched a win by a score of 24-3. Deshaun Watson finished 16/29 with 154 yards passing and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 67.3 and walked away from the game with 1 interception. Elijah Moore averaged 14.3 yards per catch by accumulating 43 yards on 3 receptions. Nick Chubb was the best rusher for the Browns with 18 totes for 106 yards (5.9 yards per attempt). In all, they tallied 72 plays which converted into 350 yards. The Cleveland Browns ran the football 40 different times and compiled 206 yds, which came out to an average of 5.2 yds per attempt. Against the run, the Browns gave up 75 yards on 20 attempts, which is 3.8 yards per run allowed. Cleveland allowed 14 pass completions on 32 tries for 67 yards, and a completion percentage of 43.8%.
When talking about getting in the endzone, the Cleveland Browns have an average of 24.0 points per game. Offensively they're averaging 206.0 yards on the ground which is 2nd in the league. The Browns have earned 350 total yards this season. Cleveland has 9 1st downs as a team, and they have been hurt by 5 infractions for 43 yds. They have given the ball to the opposition 2 different times (1 pick and 1 fumble lost). When it comes to getting in the endzone, Cleveland has totaled 1 touchdown in the air and 1 touchdown on the ground.
Concerning passing yards, the Browns have surrendered 67 yards which has them ranked 2nd in the NFL. They are conceding 67.0 yards per outing through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 43.8%. For the season, they are allowing 142.0 yards per game putting them at 1st in the NFL. They are allowing 3.8 yards per rush and 75.0 rushing yards per game over the course of this year. In total, they have conceded 75 yards on the ground through 1 outing. The Browns rank 2nd in the National Football League in relation to their opponents scoring, allowing 3.0 points per game.
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The Steelers come into this game with a record of 0-1 for this season. The last time they stepped on the gridiron, the Steelers took a defeat with a final score of 30-7 against the 49ers. Kenny Pickett (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 232 yds on 31/46 passing while his QB rate was 68.4. He threw 2 picks and his Y/A was 5.0 yds. Allen Robinson was one of the featured targets for the Steelers, catching 5 footballs for 64 yards (12.8 yards per reception). Najee Harris carried the football 6 times for 31 yds, ending the game with 5.2 yards per carry for Pittsburgh. The Steelers ended up finishing with 239 yds while they ran 61 plays (3.9 yards per play). Pittsburgh ran the ball for 4.1 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 41 yds on 10 carries. Pittsburgh surrendered 34 rushing attempts for 188 yards (5.5 yards per carry). The Steelers secondary gave up a completion rate of 65.5%, surrendering 203 yds on 19 out of 29 passing.
In relation to their scoring prowess, the Steelers sit 30th out of all teams in football scoring 7.0 PPG. For the season so far, the Steelers have a total of 198 yards via the pass. They have an average of 41.0 rushing yards per game. The Pittsburgh Steelers have an average of 239.0 yards/game which is good for 27th out of all teams in the league. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled 60 yards of penalties on 6 violations, ranking them 20th in football in terms of giving up free yards.
The Steelers are surrendering 30.0 PPG, ranking them 26th in the NFL. They have given up 2 touchdowns from the passing game and 203.0 yards per contest, which has them sitting 21st in football. Pittsburgh has surrendered a total of 188 yards rushing. The Steelers defense has participated in 66 plays, which is good for 20th in the league. Their defense has 1 takeaway this year.
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Tony's Pick: Take the Steelers -1
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