• Steelers come back from a bye week
  • Nick Chubb will be coming back this week
  • Baker Mayfield may also return to action

The Pittsburgh Steelers are traveling to FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the Cleveland Browns in a week eight matchup. The Steelers are coming into the game with a 3-3 record. They are coming off of a bye week after defeating the Denver Broncos in a 27-19 game.

The Browns enter the matchup with a record of 4-3. Last week, they took care of the Denver Broncos in a 17-14 win despite their offense being in shambles due to injuries. Last week was a big win for the Browns as they were missing Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt among other impact players.

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However, help is on the way for the Browns. Nick Chubb is expected to suit up against the Steelers and there is a chance that Mayfield will be able to play as well. The Browns injury situation will definitely be something to keep an eye on, however, with Mayfield and Chubb both practicing this week, we will assume that they are both playing.

Steelers vs Browns Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NFL
  • Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
  • Where: Cleveland, FirstEnergy Stadium
  • Date: October 31, 2021
  • Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers +3.5 (-110), Cleveland Browns -3.5 (-110), Steelers Moneyline (+160), Browns Moneyline (-190), Over 42 points (-110), Under 42 points (-110)
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Steelers Preview: Need To Win To Stay In AFC North Contention

The Steelers, have fallen short of expectations so far this season. Subpar play from Ben Roethlisberger has really stunted what could be a top team in the league. Rookie running back Najee Harris has emerged as an incredible option for the Steelers. Defensively, the Steelers are one of the best teams in the NFL.

Their run game will be put to the test against the Browns elite defensive line. However, do not expect the Steelers to win this game through the air. If they are able to pull off this upset, it will be from Harris having a good game on the ground.

Browns Preview: Need To Get Back On The Right Track

The Cleveland Browns have been struck with the injury bug and it has led their trajectory this season to take a downward spiral. This is a must-win game for Cleveland. If they lose to the Steelers, they will slip to dead last in the AFC North and it will be a very steep climb back up into playoff contention.

Cleveland came into the year projected to be one of the top teams in the NFL. They must begin their comeback this week and defend their home field. It is up in the air if Mayfield will play. Regardless of his status, the Browns will heavily rely on Nick Chubb and D’Errnest Johnson to win them this game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This NFL Game

This game will be exactly what you expect when you see a matchup of two teams in the AFC North. The game will be decided by defense and the run game. If both teams were completely healthy, the Browns would be able to take down the Steelers relatively easily.

However, with Mayfield and Chubb likely playing hurt, they will likely not be able to take over the game. As a result of this, we are taking the Steelers to cover the spread and on the moneyline. Along with this, as both teams have great offenses and a lot of running plays will occur, we are taking the under.

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