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When you’re trying to keep pace with Cincinnati in the AFC North, losing your quarterback isn’t going to help.
But even without Ben Roethlisberger in the lineup, the Steelers are still six-point favorites to defeat Cleveland Sunday, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The lines opened at -4.5 for Pittsburgh, when both starters had a chance at playing. Both Josh McCown and Ben Roethlisberger practiced multiple days this week, but neither will start Sunday. McCown will backup Johnny Manziel, while Roethlisberger while sit behind Landry Jones.
Backups or not, the Browns have struggled in their annual trip to Heinz Field. Cleveland hasn’t won there since 2003, and has won just once in the teams’ last five meetings. The road struggles aren’t exclusive to Heinz Field, as the Browns are 1-7 in their last eight road games.
Despite the loss of Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers rushing attack hasn’t missed a beat. Veteran DeAngelo Williams stepped in and rushed 27 times for 170 yards in last week’s wild win over Oakland. Williams sat out of practice this week with a toe injury, but should have another strong game Sunday against the league’s worst rush defense.
With injuries all over the offense this season, Pittsburgh has stepped up their defensive efforts. That’s had an impact on point total bets, and the total has gone under in six of Pittsburgh’s last seven games. The point total is set at 41.5 for this game, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The OddsShark Computer is projecting a 18.6-24.2 victory for Pittsburgh, right on the edge of Sunday’s line.
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