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Sunday, January 1, the Cleveland Browns (1-14) take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5). The game will be played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. Read on for our Steelers vs. Browns prediction and preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, Pittsburgh wins the match-up between the two teams 91.2 percent of the time. The spread also suggests that the Steelers are favored to win the contest.
Spread: Steelers -6
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Browns vs. Steelers preview:
The Browns finally found their first victory of the season with a 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers last week. Cleveland avoided becoming the second team in NFL history to go winless on a season, and did so in stunning fashion. The Chargers missed a field goal in the final seconds of the game that would have tied it up and sent the game to overtime. It was a great Christmas present for Browns fans, but even better was the fact that San Francisco also won last week, so the Browns retained their hold on the No. 1 draft spot.
Pittsburgh wrapped up the AFC North with a huge win over the Ravens last weekend. The game came down to the final seconds when Big Ben found Antonio Brown for a touchdown and the win. The Steelers will have the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs and could face the Miami Dolphins in a rematch.
Browns vs. Steelers prediction:
Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown will all be out of this game to rest up for the playoffs. It looks like the Steelers don't care if they win or lose here, yet the Browns surely want to lose this game to solidify their chance of getting the No. 1 spot in the 2017 NFL Draft.