Browns vs. Steelers: Week 2 Betting Preview & Predictions

by | 15 September 2023

The 0-1-0 Pittsburgh Steelers host the 1-0-0 Cleveland Browns at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a point spread of +2½ with a money line of -107. The over/under total on the game is currently set at 38½ points.

&The Pittsburgh Steelers are coached by Mike Tomlin who has been with the team since 2007. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 9-8 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andMike Tomlin is no different.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coached by Mike Tomlin who has been with the team since 2007. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 9-8 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andMike Tomlin is no different.

Kenny Pickett is the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 25-year-old Pitt alum entered the league in 2022 and is looking for a win in front of the home crowd here. Thus far this season he has started 1 games and throw for 232 yards with a completion percentage of 67.4 percent. Kenny Pickett has thrown 1 touchdowns against 2 interceptions and has a QB Rating of 68.4.

His main target will be Diontae Johnson. The home crowd would love to see some fireworks from the 27-year-old target. He has made 3 receptions to date on 6 targets, a catch percentage of 0.5, for a total of 48 yards. Diontae Johnson is averaging 16 yards per catch with 0 touchdowns thus far. Kenny Pickett will be looking to connect with him for more here.

The Pittsburgh Steelers running game is lead by the 25-year-old Najee Harris. A big game from him could be the key to controlling the clock here. He’s taken 6 carries and rushed for 31 yards thus far this season. His yards per game currently sits at 31 yards per game, a number that you know Mike Tomlin would love to see him exceed in this game. Najee Harris has 0 touchdowns this season and 0 fumbles.

Their kicker is Chris Boswell who has made of field goals this season, a field goal percentage, with a long of yards. The Pittsburgh Steelers fans don’t want to see him too much, but it’s good to know he can hit one if needed.

Overall, the Pittsburgh Steelers offense ranks 28 out of 32 teams in Offense DVOA at -0.278316128114577, per FootballOutsiders. This season they have a Red Zone success rate of 0.5 with 1 Red Zone touchdowns in 2 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a Defense DVOA of 0.190197992256924, ranking 26 in the league.

The Cleveland Browns are on the road for this one. Kevin Stefanski’s squad is 1-0-0 this season after going 7-10 last year. He has been at the helm since 2020 and is looking to grab a road win here. The Cleveland Browns have a betting line of +2½ or you could bet them straight up at -107.

28-year-old Deshaun Watson will be under center for this one. He entered the league in 2017 after playing his college days at Clemson. Deshaun Watson has a quarterback rating of 67.3 on 1 touchdowns and 1 interceptions. He’s started 1 games and thrown for 154, a completion percentage of 55.2.

The Cleveland Browns will look to get the running game going in this match-up and to do that they’ll need a big game from Nick Chubb. The 28-year-old back has rushed for 0 touchdowns thus far this season and he’ll look to take it to the house again against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s taken the hand-off 18 times and added 106 yards for the offense. Nick Chubb is averaging 106 yards per game for the season and has lost the ball 0 times. A turnover on the road could be seen as unacceptable for Kevin Stefanski so he’ll need to protect the ball here.

On the passing front, Deshaun Watson will look to target Amari Cooper against the Kevin Stefanski defense. Amari Cooper has 0 touchdowns thus far this season and his team will be looking for more here. On the year, he’s been targeted 7 times and made 3 catches for 37 yards. Amari Cooper has a catch percentage of 0.429 and his yards per reception is 12.3.

The team will be looking for touchdowns, but they have Dustin Hopkins to knock down field goals if needed. His season long is a 43 yarder which is always helpful on the road. Dustin Hopkins has made 3 field goals on 43 attempts, a field goal percentage of 1.

According to FootballOutsiders, the Cleveland Browns offense has a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of 0.128885024314673 which ranks at number 10 out of thirty two teams. If they hope to win on the road, they’ll need to do well in the Red Zone. For the year, they have scored 2 Red Zone touchdowns on 3 attempts, a Red Zone percentage of 0.667.

Key Match-ups:

  • Kenny Pickett QB Rating of 68.4 vs. Cleveland Browns Defensive Passing YPG of 67
    Cleveland Browns have 11 interceptions this year and 2 sacks. They are allowing 22.4117647058824 points per game.
  • Najee Harris vs. Cleveland Browns number 2 ranked DVOA Defense
    Opponents are averaging 4.7 yards per carry against Cleveland Browns and 135 per game.
  • Deshaun Watson QB Rating of 67.3 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Pass Defense
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has allowed 20.3529411764706 points per game thus far this season. They have sacked the quarterback 3 times and picked him off 20 times.
  • Nick Chubb vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Defense
    Pittsburgh Steelers is giving up 108.117647058824 yards per game on 4.2 per carry thus far this season.