The Cleveland Browns will try to start the season 2-0 for the first time in 30 years when they battle the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. The Browns (1-0), who have not started 2-0 since 1993, are coming off a 24-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers (0-1), who were 4-4 at home last season, have not lost a home regular season game to the Browns since a 33-13 loss in 2003. The only other home loss to Cleveland since then was a 48-37 postseason matchup in 2020.
Kickoff from Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Cleveland is a two-point favorite in the latest Browns vs. Steelers odds from the SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 38. Before making any Steelers vs. Browns picks or NFL predictions, you need to see what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say, considering his mastery of the Steelers.
Over the past seven years White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, has gone 376-290-24 (56.5%) in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest. He also is SportsLine's No. 1 NFL expert, going 535-450-30 on his against-the-spread NFL picks from 2017-22, returning $3,532 to $100 players. Moreover, White is on an incredible 55-28-4 roll on picks involving the Steelers. Anybody following him has seen huge returns.
Now, White has locked in on Steelers vs. Browns from every angle and just locked in his picks and MNF predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NFL odds and trends for Browns vs. Steelers:
- Steelers vs. Browns spread: Browns -2
- Steelers vs. Browns over/under: 38 points
- Steelers vs. Browns money line: Browns -133, Steelers +113
- CLE: Browns were 3-6 on the road in 2022
- PIT: Steelers have won 19 of their last 20 home games against the Browns
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Why the Browns can cover
Quarterback Deshaun Watson had a modest start to his season last week, completing 16 of 29 passes (55.2%) for 154 yards and one touchdown with one interception. He also carried five times for 45 yards (9.0 average) and a score. In six games last season as the team's starter, he completed 99 of 170 passes (58.2%) for 1,102 yards and seven touchdowns. He was picked off five times. He also rushed 36 times for 175 yards (4.9 average) and one TD.
Defensively, Cleveland is led by defensive end Myles Garrett. He had a sack last week and now has 75.5 career sacks, becoming the fifth-fastest player (85 games) since 1982 to reach 75. He will look for his seventh game in a row against a division foe and the fourth game in a row overall with a sack. He had two tackles for loss and a sack in the last meeting against the Steelers. See which team to pick here.
Why the Steelers can cover
Pittsburgh has owned the Browns since their rebirth in 1999, going 39-10-1 against them since then, including the playoffs. Among the Steelers' many weapons is wide receiver George Pickens. He had five catches in Week 1 and had 72 receiving yards and one touchdown catch in the last meeting with the Browns. He has 70 or more receiving yards in three of his past four games against divisional opponents. Pickens also has a touchdown catch in two of Pittsburgh's last three home games.
Defensively, linebacker T.J. Watt has been a beast. He had three sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup last week, his sixth career game with three or more sacks, the most in the NFL since 2017. He was one of two players last week (Montez Sweat) who had two forced fumbles in Week 1. He has 80.5 sacks in 88 career games, surpassing his brother J.J. Watt (92 games) as the second-fastest player to reach 80 sacks since 1982. Hall of Famer Reggie White needed just 71 games. See which team to pick here.
How to make Steelers vs. Browns picks
White has analyzed this matchup from every angle and while we can tell you he's leaning Under the point 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 which side to back, at SportsLine.
Who wins Browns vs. Steelers on Monday Night Football, and which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Browns vs. Steelers spread hits hard, all from the expert who is 55-28 on picks involving Pittsburgh, and find out.