Steelers-Browns Game Preview
It is week 6 of the 2020 NFL season; this is our game preview for the Steelers and Browns first match-up this season.
Cleveland is looking to turn the Steelers and Browns rivalry into a true rivalry. This is not the same old Browns team and a win this week would put them at 5-1 on the season and, at worst, in a tie for first place in the AFC North division.
Pittsburgh, who has dominated this series, is looking for a 5-0 start to the season. They are undefeated through the first four games for the first time since 1979.
How the Steelers can win:
If the Steelers can make Baker Mayfield beat them it could be game over. The Steelers need to jump out to an early lead on Sunday and force Mayfield to bring the Browns back from behind. That all starts with the offense and it will be up to Ben Roethlisberger to get things going.
Cleveland ranks fourth in the NFL in rush defense. So, the run game may not be easy to establish. Roethlisberger, however, should be able to find some favorable match-ups in the passing game. A quick start for the offense would be huge for Pittsburgh.
Allowing TJ Watt and Bud Dupree to pin their ears back and go after Mayfield gives the advantage to the Steelers. It also may result in turnovers as Mayfield is susceptible to making bad decisions when he is under duress.
How the Browns can win:
Cleveland is going to have to find a way to put up points this week against the Steelers’ defense. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. pose a challenge for any defensive backfield. That will be no different on Sunday. If Baker Mayfield can get the ball out quickly and make good decisions it will be hard to stop the Browns offense.
The biggest advantage for the Browns, though, would come in the form of a running game. If Cleveland is able to get Kareem Hunt going in the running game it would go a long way in helping the Browns get a big win in week 6.
WR Diontae Johnson (Back)
OG David DeCastro (Abs)
OT Zach Banner
OG Stefen Wisniewski
G Wyatt Teller (calf)
S Ronnie Harrison Jr. (concussion)
S Karl Joseph (hamstring)
LB Jacob Phillips (knee)
QUESTIONABLE (expected to play)
WR Odell Beckham Jr. (illness)
WR Jarvis Landry (hip/ribs)
P Jamie Gillan (groin)
DT Larry Ogunjobi (abdomen)
DE Olivier Vernon (groin)
Pittsburgh once again is favored to win. They are three and a half point favorites right now to beat the Browns. The over/under for the game is currently set at 51 points.
Best bets (Record 2-1):
Browns +3.5 – I can’t help but feel this is going to be a close game. The Browns could win this one, but I also don’t see this being big win, either way, this one could come down to a field goal.
Over 51 – I see Ben Roethlisberger putting up points against the Cleveland defense, but I also think the Browns can score enough on the Steelers to put this game over this number.
Ben Roethlisberger Passing Yards Prop – This was my only miss last week. Roethlisberger had a big day but came up short of the number. This week’s number is hovering around 272 yards and I’m taking the over. Roethlisberger should hit 300 this week.
The Steelers are going to be surprised by just how good this Cleveland Browns team is. The Browns may not be at the point they want to be at yet, but they are well on their way towards contention. I don’t feel that the Browns will win this game, but I expect it to be very close.
Steelers 27 – Browns 24