The Cleveland Browns will look to get their new era off to a good start while Pittsburgh tries to take the first step in their quest for an overdue playoff berth, when the two longtime AFC North division rivals square off in their Week 1 matchup on Sunday live from Heinz Field.
My Week 1 AFC North Rivalry Expert Prediction
Cleveland and Pittsburgh both went 1-3 SU in the preseason and both were dominated in their respective Week 3 contests, so things aren’t looking particularly rosy for either team right now.
Pittsburgh is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games and a bankroll-boosting 5-1 ATS in its last half-dozen home games.
The Steelers have attempted to address their short falls from the past few seasons, which was they were old and slow on defense. Now infused youth and speed in that area with Ryan Shazier and Mike Mitchell. The Steelers have also made their run game a threat again with Le’Veon Bell coming back for a second season and LeGarrette Blount joining the team as a change-of-pace back.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 1, 2014
Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been voted a captain by his teammates for the sixth time while other Pittsburgh Steelers players received that honor for the first time.
Strong safety Troy Polamalu will serve as the captain of the defense while kicker Shaun Suisham and safety Robert Golden are co-captain of the Steelers’ special teams units.
Cleveland has gone 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road and an even more discouraging 1-6 ATS in its last seven games overall.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 30, 2014
The home team in this AFC North division rivalry has gone 4-1 ATS in the L/5 meetings while the Browns have gone 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won both of last season’s matchups against the Browns by at least 13 points and I expect this contest to finish with similar score.