Week 17 NFL Prediction from Jimmy Boyd: Browns vs. Steelers: December 29th 2013
Week 17 NFL Predictions: December 29th 2013
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Under 44 points
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The Browns have a very underrated defense, and with the Steelers offensive line playing as poorly as they have, we should have a field position battle on our hands. The Browns have a solid secondary unit, holding opposing quarterbacks to a 59.9 percent pass completion rate and a mere 224 passing yards per game. Pittsburgh’s inability to run the ball could end up being a big issue if Roethlisberger and Co. are forced to abandon the run early. The last time these teams met the total was set at 40 points and the game still stayed under. I don’t see how the change in venue is enough to influence this line by four points and expect a different result.
Even if the Steelers manage to match there 23.9 points scored per game, I don’t see a scenario where the Browns will score many points in this matchup. Cleveland has struggled on the road averaging just 18 points per game. They have a wealth of issues at the quarterback position, and the Steelers defense has played well down the stretch. Pittsburgh is holding opponents to just 3.9 yards per carry against the run at home, and the secondary is allowing a mere 57.3 percent completion rate for 193 passing yards in those games.
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