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Monday Night Football odds, spread, line: Steelers vs. Browns prediction, NFL picks from expert on 51-29 roll

The Cleveland Browns aim to right the ship on the road when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. The Browns and Steelers clash in a Week 17 bout in front of a national audience, and Cleveland enters with a 2-5 road record. The Browns are 7-8 overall and the Steelers are 7-7-1 through 15 games. Both teams are looking to bounce back from road losses in Week 16, with the Browns losing to the Packers and the Steelers falling to the Chiefs.

Kick-off from Heinz Field is at 8:15 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Steelers as 2.5-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 43 in the latest Steelers vs. Browns odds. Before you make any Browns vs. Steelers picks and NFL predictions, make sure you see what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say.

White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It’s no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.

In addition, White has gone an astounding 51-29-4 on his last 84 picks involving the Steelers, returning more than $1,800. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, White has set his sights on Browns vs. Steelers and locked in his NFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see his picks. Here are several NFL betting lines and trends for Steelers vs. Browns:

  • Steelers vs. Browns spread: Steelers -2.5
  • Steelers vs. Browns over-under: 43 points
  • Steelers vs. Browns money line: Browns +130, Steelers -150
  • CLE: The Under has hit in four of last five Browns games
  • PIT: The Steelers are 4-6 against the spread in the last 10 games

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Why the Browns can cover

The Browns are No. 3  in rushing offense this season, generating more than 2,100 rushing yards in 15 games. Cleveland is No. 6 with 19 rushing touchdowns, and no team averages more yards per carry (5.1) than the Browns. That consistency and effectiveness buoys Cleveland to averaging 33.8 yards per drive, a top-12 figure in the league, and the Browns also take care of the ball.

Cleveland has only 18 turnovers this season, No. 8 in ball security, and the Browns have only 11 interceptions, a top-10 mark. Finally, the Browns effectively convert red zone trips into touchdowns, scoring six points on 61.4 percent of opportunities inside the opponent’s 20-yard line this season.

Why the Steelers can cover

The Steelers have a few notable strengths that open doors against the Browns. Pittsburgh excels in ball security on offense, committing only 18 turnovers in 15 games. That ranks in the top 10 of the NFL, and the Steelers are in the top five in avoiding interceptions with only nine. Cleveland’s defense can be beaten through the air, allowing 27 passing touchdowns, and the Browns are below-average in third down and fourth down efficiency. 

Pittsburgh can also create havoc on defense, ranking in the top five of the NFL with 43 sacks, and the Steelers are above-average defensively in passing yards allowed, completion percentage allowed, passing touchdowns allowed, red zone efficiency allowed and third down efficiency allowed in 2021. Cleveland has generated fewer than 21 points per game, and the Browns are No. 27 in the NFL in passing yards behind a pedestrian air attack.

How to make Browns vs. Steelers picks

White has analyzed this matchup from every angle and while we can tell you he’s leaning under the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

So who wins Browns vs. Steelers on Monday Night Football? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see White’s Browns vs. Steelers pick, all from the NFL expert who’s 51-29 on picks involving Pittsburgh, and find out.

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