Cleveland Browns (1-0) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
As we prepare to enter Week 2 of the 2023 NFL season, attention has already been focused on one matchup involving the Cleveland Browns (1-0 record) taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1). They will face each other on September 18th at Acrisure Stadium for their live broadcast game on ABC – we hope to provide a comprehensive guide of NFL Week 2 free picks, such as team analyses, quarterback comparisons, betting trends and much more.
Nick Chubb was instrumental to the Cleveland Browns securing an opening-game win, rushing 18 attempts for 106 yards at an average 5.9 yard per carry average – adding vital depth to their offensive game plan. Wide receiver Elijah Moore also performed well, catching three out of his seven targets for 43 yards; Moore should continue to expand upon his role over time and is worth keeping an eye out for as we progress further through this season.
Though they were defeated in their season opener, the Pittsburgh Steelers found some encouraging signs from this game. Running back Najee Harris gained 31 yards on 6 attempts for an average 5.2 yards per rush attempt average. Wide Receiver Allen Robinson II also performed admirably by catching 5 of 8 targets for 64 yards; this could become an invaluable resource as the season goes along.
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Game Info
|When:||Monday, September 18, 2023 at 8:15 PM ET|
|Stream||NFL Game Pass|
Deshaun Watson QB vs. Kenny Pickett QB
Deshaun Watson of the Browns had a modest first week performance against Steelers defense; completing 16 of 29 attempts for 154 yards at 55.2. His passer rating of 67.3 indicates there is room for growth against their formidable defense.
Kenny Pickett of the Steelers played more accurately, completing 31 out of 46 attempts for a 67.4% completion rate and two interceptions but still managed a passer rating of 68.4 — slightly better than Watson. Unfortunately, Pickett was sacked five times, losing 34 yards during those attempts; to truly match Watson, better protection will be necessary from his offensive line.
NFL Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland Browns -133, Total Odds: 38.5
Analyzing the betting odds, the Cleveland Browns are favored with a spread of -2 at -115 odds and a moneyline of -133. The total over/under is set at 38.5 with the over at -105. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the underdogs with a spread of +2 at -105, a moneyline of +113, and the under for the total at -115. Given the odds and recent performance, it seems prudent to lean towards the Browns for a straight-up win.
Cleveland Browns Betting Trends
The Browns have seen the total go UNDER in 7 of their last 8 games, indicating a low-scoring trend. They haven’t performed well against the Steelers historically, with a 2-6 ATS record in their last 8 meetings. Furthermore, they are 1-19 SU in their last 20 road games against Pittsburgh. These trends suggest that while the Browns may be favored in terms of odds, bettors should exercise caution.
Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Trends
The Steelers have been performing well in terms of betting trends, with a 4-1 ATS record in their last 5 games. They’ve also gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 games but have seen the total go OVER in 4 of their last 6 games against Cleveland. Most impressively, they hold a remarkable 19-1 SU record in their last 20 home games against the Browns. This suggests that despite being the underdogs, the Steelers have a strong chance, especially at home.
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 9/18/23 Betting Picks
After considering all the data, including team performances, key players, and betting trends, the safe pick for those looking to place a bet at a top sportsbook would be the Cleveland Browns to win. However, given the historical dominance of the Steelers at home against the Browns, the game could be closer than the odds suggest. Betting on the UNDER could also be a wise choice, given both teams’ recent UNDER trends. The matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers promises to be one of the more fascinating contests in NFL Week 2. The game offers plenty of opportunities for bettors and is set to be an exciting showdown.
Free Pick and Prediction: Cleveland Browns will win 20-17