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Steelers Being Disrespected by Odds Against Browns in Wild Card Round

Larry Rupp
The Steelers are being disrespected wen it comes to their odds to beat the Browns in the Wild Card round.
The Steelers are being disrespected wen it comes to their odds to beat the Browns in the Wild Card round. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Two AFC North teams meet head-to-head in the Wild Card round as the Cleveland Browns travel to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend. This will be the third game between these teams this season after they split their two regular season meetings.

While the Browns did just defeat the Steelers in Week 17 to clinch a playoff spot, a number of Pittsburgh's starters were resting, including starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger boasts a 23-2-1 all-time record against Cleveland and hasn't lost to them at home in his entire career (12-0).

However, the Steelers are currently just 5.5-point home favorites in this game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds. The Steelers coasted to a 12-4 record this season and have one of the best defenses in the league. This spread is basically downright disrespectful.

There is no reason the Steelers shouldn't be a touchdown favorite in this matchup. Their defense ranks third in the NFL, only giving up 19.5 points per game. Plus, the Browns have scored a combined 31 points in the two games against Pittsburgh this season.

This could spell trouble for a Browns offense that doesn't rank in the top 10 in yards per game, points per game, or average time of possession. They are bolstered by a strong running game (148.4 rushing yards per contest), but it wouldn't be surprising to see them forced to throw the ball if they get down early.

The Steelers will look to keep up their dominance against divisional opponents and emerge victorious as they take on the Browns on Sunday night. Who knows, maybe they'll even play with a chip on their shoulder knowing people expect it to be a close game.

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