What a matchup we have in the AFC North! The 4-1 Browns (Yes, Cleveland Browns. Yes, 4-1!) travel to Pittsburgh to take on the unbeaten Steelers in what surely now is dubbed the ‘Myles Garrett Bowl’?!
Talking of Myles Garrett and this of course is his first game against the Steelers since he was banned for trying to help Mason Rudolph put his helmet back on (see picture above) and you have to assume he’ll be right up for this one and has been in great form this season posting 6 sacks in the last 4 games and for me has been the best defensive player in football so far this year but he’ll be challenged by a very good Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Line. The Browns are going to need Kareem Hunt to be at his best here as the Steelers Defense ranks #2 in rushing yards allowed so this Browns rush attack which ranks #1 in the NFL but is without Nick Chubb will have to play well if they’re to stand a chance. This is the first time since 1994 that the Browns have been 4-1 and morale must be high, a win in Pittsburgh will make the whole league stand up and take notice.
The last time the Steelers started 4-0 they won the Super Bowl and they don’t look a bad bet at this stage with a stifling Defense who love getting after the passer and an Offense who can put points up at Will they’ve arguably looked like the best team in the AFC early into this 2020 season. Last week vs the Eagles we saw the breakout of Chase Claypool who ended the game with 110 receiving yards and 4 total TD’s so the Browns secondary will have their hands full with him but the Cleveland pass D managed to pick off Philip Rivers twice last week so it’ll be important for Big Ben to maintain his accurate start to the season only throwing 1 INT so far especially as this Browns Defense have forced a league high 12 turnovers so far but they’re yet to face an Offense as potent as this one who as well as being able to throw the ball all over the yard have the ability to run the ball too with James Connor having two games with over 100 yards so far this season and has scored a TD in each of his last three games (also has 4 TD’s in 4 career games vs Browns) so he could be a TD candidate again here.
Big Ben has been in the league a long time and has yet to lose a game in Pittsburgh to the Browns and whilst Cleveland have been impressive to start the season I don’t see that stat changing here and in only 2 of the 12 home games Big Ben has played against the Browns would they not have covered the current 3.5 point spread and have won every game this season by at least 5 points whilst the Browns only loss came in week 1 where they were blown out of the water by the Ravens.
PREDICTION: STEELERS 34 – 27 BROWNS
BEST BET: STEELERS -3.5 points – EVENS with SkyBet. 1 point bet.
LONGSHOT OF THE WEEK: James Conner to score a brace – 6/1 with SkyBet. 0.5 point bet.