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Steelers vs. Browns 2022 NFL Week 3 Odds, Preview & Pick

By Hank Blaine

Steelers-Browns used to be perhaps the NFL’s most lopsided rivalry when Ben Roethlisberger was playing for Pittsburgh. He would beat the living daylights out of Cleveland – a 26-2-1 career record against the team – as he remained upset about the franchise passing up the Ohio native early in the 2004 NFL Draft. Well, Big Ben is in retirement and the Browns are home favorites vs. the Steelers in the Thursday night game to kick off Week 3.

Nitrobetting is ready to equip its bettors with the latest news, NFL odds, and special features for the entire duration of the 2022 NFL season. This time, let’s take a closer look at the upcoming Week 3 showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns.

Steelers vs. Browns Game Information

  • When: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 8:15 PM ET
  • Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
  • TV: Amazon Primer Video
  • Radio: WDVE-FM 102.5 (Steelers) // 850 ESPN Cleveland (Browns)
  • Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
  • NFL Odds: Steelers (+4) // Browns (-4)

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Why Bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers?

The Steelers were 17-14 home losers on Sunday to New England and should be 0-2 but got lucky Week 1 in Cincinnati. The Steelers’ offense has produced just two offensive touchdowns in the team’s first two games and Steelers fans already are calling for rookie QB Kenny Pickett to get his first start. That won’t happen this week as Mike Tomlin will stick with Mitchell Trubisky even though he is averaging just 5.1 yards per pass attempt, which is 32nd in the NFL. As a result, the Steelers are averaging 8.6 yards per reception. Only the Seahawks (8.3) are lower through two games.

“I think the missed opportunities, a couple of better decisions from me, and giving our playmakers more of a chance,” Trubisky said of the offense’s issues. “We’re looking to fix that this week. It’s a quick turnaround and a great opportunity for us to get on the right track.”

One thing that could help the Steelers’ passing game beginning with Thursday night’s showdown in Cleveland is involving rookie wide receiver George Pickens. He impressed in training camp and the preseason, but so far, he has only six targets, two receptions and 26 yards.

“Obviously there’s opportunities down the field that we’ve got to make,” offensive coordinator Matt Canada said. “… we’re gonna keep getting Mitch in position to make plays. And we have to do that. We’ll continue to do that until we win. We have to make plays.”

Diontae Johnson led the Steelers with six catches on Sunday, his 14th consecutive game with at least five receptions, the second-longest active streak in the league (Cooper Kupp at 23 games). Johnson had a touchdown reception in these teams’ last meeting and has at least 95 receiving yards in two of his past three against Cleveland.

Why Bet on the Cleveland Browns?

The Browns probably can’t wait to return to the field after one of the worst regular-season losses in NFL history as the New York Jets overcame a 13-point deficit inside of the final two minutes remaining to defeat Cleveland, 31-30, becoming the first team to overcome a deficit of at least 13 points inside of the final two minutes of regulation to win since Chicago overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Cleveland in overtime in Week 8 of the 2001 season.

The Jets would have had no chance had Nick Chubb not scored a 12-yard TD with just under two minutes left – if he had just fallen down, Cleveland could have run out the clock as New York was out of timeouts. Rookie kicker Cade York then missed the extra point.

After Chubb’s touchdown, the Jets answered on the second play of the ensuing drive. Quarterback Joe Flacco found Corey Davis wide open down the sideline for a 66-yard TD. The Jets then recovered the onside kick, and Flacco quickly drove New York down the field again, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson to put the Jets up 31-30 with 22 seconds remaining.

“Yeah, I probably shouldn’t have scored right there,” Chubb said Tuesday. “Honestly, looking back at it, it cost us the game. A lot of things went wrong, not just one thing. But collectively as a unit, as a team, we could’ve all done things different. But it’s only a problem because we didn’t win. So I probably should’ve went down.”

Cleveland also got banged up a bit in the loss. Pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney already has been ruled out for Thursday with an ankle injury suffered on Sunday. Clowney has 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble on the young season. Fellow edge rusher Chase Winovich had two QB hits in the game but hurt his hamstring and is now on injured reserve. Maybe the best pass-rusher in the league, Myles Garrett, didn’t practice on Tuesday with a neck issue. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski only offered a “we’ll see” when asked about Garrett’s status for Thursday. Garrett has three sacks this year and 61.5 sacks in 70 career games, the third-most sacks by a player in his first 70 NFL games since 1982.

Steelers vs. Browns Betting Trends

  • Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. AFC North.
  • Steelers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • The total went under in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games.
  • Browns are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
  • Browns are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 vs. AFC.
  • The total went under in 6 of Cleveland’s last 9 games.

Steelers vs. Browns Expert Betting Predictions

Browns 20, Steelers 17.

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