Pittsburgh at Cleveland prediction, game preview, how to watch: Sunday, October 31
Pittsburgh at Cleveland How To Watch
Date: Sunday, October 31
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Pittsburgh (3-3), Cleveland (4-3)
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Pittsburgh vs Cleveland Game Preview
Why Pittsburgh Will Win
Pittsburgh got a week off and Cleveland comes into this thing limping and hurting.
Yeah, Nick Chubb will play, but can he be back to his normal self with that calf injury?
Yeah, Odell Beckham Jr. will give it a go with that shoulder, but he’s hurting – and he’s not good at football right now.
Yeah, Baker Mayfield will stop talking about his injured non-throwing shoulder long enough to go play, but that thing is crunched and isn’t going to get better with any big hits.
Pittsburgh might be struggling overall, but it comes into this on a two-game winning streak and with a good enough defense and pass rush to be a problem in the backfield. However …
Why Cleveland Will Win
The Brown defense should still be okay.
The pass rush is good, but it’s the run defense that should take over early on. Arizona is Arizona – it moves the ball well on everyone. Everyone else struggled to get anything going on the ground, and Najee Harris is about to be a marked man from the start.
The Pittsburgh passing game hasn’t been bad. There aren’t the deep shots there need to be to open things up, but it should dink and dunk its way to 200 yards. As long as the Browns can grind a bit – Seattle and Green Bay were able to get physical on this D – they should be able to mask the other problems.
What’s Going To Happen
Oddly enough considering how hurt Cleveland is, this is one of its most complete offensive lineups yet, and that’s without Kareem Hunt.
Here’s the problem. The Browns were able to get away with keeping things simple against a WAY overloved Denver team that just isn’t that good. The two weeks off, though, will do wonders for the Steeler D.
The Pittsburgh offense will still sputter and cough, but the pass rush will get to Mayfield and Chubb will struggle despite getting one big run midway through the second quarter.
Don’t expect anything pretty.
Pittsburgh vs Cleveland Prediction, Line
Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 17
Line: Cleveland -4, o/u: 42.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3.5
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