Browns vs Steelers Prediction & NFL Odds for Week 8
- Expect Browns to win, but Steelers to cover the spread
- Steelers’ offense has been improving
- Status of Baker Mayfield will have a huge impact on the outcome of this game
In the eighth week of the NFL regular season, the Cleveland Browns (4-3) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, with kickoff scheduled for Sunday at 1 pm EST.
These two AFC North teams are in a struggle for third place in a difficult division. The Browns currently are in third place, and the Steelers are in last place since they had a Week 7 bye. Cleveland hopes to win another game after defeating the Denver Broncos 17-14 last week. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, is looking to extend their two-game winning streak, as they won their Week 6 game 23-20 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Betting Odds & Lines for This Game
- Spread: CLE -3.5 (-105) | PIT +3.5 (-115)
- MoneyLine: CLE (-180) | PIT (+155)
- Total: 42 — Over (-110) | Under (-110)
- All odds listed are courtesy of (DraftKings)
Browns vs Steelers Prediction: Spread
The Cleveland Browns are currently 3.5-point favorites to win this Week 8 matchup, and while I think they will come away with the win, I think they will win by exactly 3 points. The Steelers’ offense has been improving these last couple of weeks, and they’re also entering this game coming off of their bye week. Bet the Steelers to cover the spread.
- Free Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers to cover the spread (+3.5)
Browns vs Steelers Prediction: MoneyLine
This is a big game for both of these AFC North teams, as the first place spot in this division is realistically attainable and even in reach for all four of these teams. The Cincinnati Bengals are currently in first with a 5-2 record, the Ravens have the same record but are second, the Browns are third with a 4-3 record, and the Steelers are last with an even 3-3 record.
I think that Cleveland will take the win this week, but the outcome of this game also depends heavily on the status of Baker Mayfield. The Browns’ starting quarterback missed last week’s game against the Denver Broncos due to a shoulder injury. Fortunately, they were able to pull off a win under the offensive leadership of backup Case Keenum.
After defeating the Steelers in 2020, the Browns know their rivalry will have an added edge in 2021.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 28, 2021
According to multiple reports, the Browns are hopeful that Mayfield will be able to start on Sunday, as long as he practices well this week. It looks like they can count on having their starting quarterback back, but that is still to be determined.
Even though I think the Browns will get the win this week, I think Pittsburgh will be able to keep it competitive. The Steelers are rested, thanks to their Week 7 bye, and they’re looking to extend their winning to three. They’ve improved a little bit these past few weeks, with their offensive line and running game, in particular, looking a little more lively.
However, I don’t think these improvements are enough for the Steelers to win this game. I still think that the Browns will win this game, BUT I think the Steelers will keep it competitive and cover the spread.
- Free Prediction: Cleveland Browns -180
Browns vs Steelers Prediction: Total
The total for this game is set at 42 points. Since the Browns have been playing well this season and the Steelers’ offense is slowly improving, I think that this will be a decently high-scoring game and that both teams will combine for more than 42 points. So bet the over!
- Free Prediction: Over -110
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