FILE – Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb runs with the ball in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland, in this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, file photo. Browns star running back Nick Chubb has been designated to return from injured reserve after missing four games with a sprained knee. Chubb got hurt in Cleveland’s Oct. 4 win at Dallas. A Pro Bowler last season, Chubb rushed for 335 yards and four touchdowns in four games this season before getting hurt. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
- The Cleveland Browns are heading to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to face the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:15 PM ET on Sunday, Jan. 10th
- This is the first time the Browns have qualified for the playoffs since 2002
- See below for analysis and our favorite prop bets
The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers will wrap up Wild Card Weekend when they get together in primetime on Sunday night. The Steelers are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2017 after winning the AFC North. The Browns qualified for the first time since 2002 after going 11-5 which earned them a Wild Card spot. Their record was their best since they went 11-5 way back in 1994.
Cleveland beat Pittsburgh 24-22 last Sunday when the Steelers opted to rest many of their starters. This time around the Steelers are favored by six points and there are plenty of player props to consider.
Browns vs Steelers Player Props
|Quarterback||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TDs|
|Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers)||27.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)||289.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)||1.5 (Ov -200 / Un +170)|
|Baker Mayfield (Browns)||19.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)||238.5 (Ov -115 / Un -110)||1.5 (Ov +110 / Un -135)|
|QB + Running Back||Rushing Attempts||Rushing Yards||Total Yards|
|Nick Chubb (Browns)||16.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)||65.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100)||78.5 (Ov -125 / Un +100)|
|James Conner (Steelers)||11.5 (Ov -125 / Un +105)||46.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)||66.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100)|
|Baker Mayfield (Browns)||NA||12.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)||NA|
|Kareem Hunt (Browns)||7.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)||27.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100)||48.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)|
|Wide Receiver + TE||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|Chase Claypool (Steelers)||4.5 (Ov +115 / Un -140)||50.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)||20.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)|
|Diontae Johnson (Steelers)||6.5 (Ov +110 / Un -135)||65.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)||21.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers)||5.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)||57.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)||20.5 (Ov +105 / Un -125)|
|James Conner (Steelers)||2.5 (Ov -125 / Un +100)||17.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)||22.5 (Ov -145 / Un +120)|
|Kareem Hunt (Browns)||2.5 (Ov +115 / Un -140)||16.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)||10.5 (Ov -115 / Un -110)|
|Nick Chubb (Browns)||1.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)||9.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)||7.5 (Ov -115 / Un -105)|
|Rashard Higgins (Browns)||2.5 (Ov -145 / Un +115)||41.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)||21.5 (Ov +105 / Un -130)|
|Jarvis Landry (Browns)||5.5 (Ov +150 / Un -170)||61.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)||23.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)|
|Austin Hooper (Browns)||2.5 (Ov -150 / Un +120)||32.5 (Ov -105 / Un -115)||16.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)|
|Eric Ebron (Steelers)||3.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100)||37.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110)||16.5 (Ov -120 / Un +100)|
Odds taken Jan. 9 from DraftKings, FoxBet and BetMGM
Nick Chubb Can’t Be Stopped
The Browns said they wanted to run the ball this season and they did exactly that. They were third in the NFL in rushing yards, seventh in yards per carry and second in 20+ yard runs. Only three teams in the NFL ran the ball more times than they did. When you have a guy like Nick Chubb, why not?
NICK CHUBB IS UNREAL.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 3, 2021
No player in the NFL with at least 190 carries averaged more yards per attempt this year than Chubb. He was an absolute beast that still went over 1,000 yards despite only playing 12 games. He is a new breed of Cleveland Brown and it’s hard to imagine him not being featured in their first playoff game since 2002.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting linebacker Robert Spillane back for this which is big but he’s not Devin Bush whom he replaced in the lineup. The last time he played a full game was when the Baltimore Ravens had two running backs and a quarterback get to the 65 rushing yard plateau. Look for the Browns to lean on Nick Chubb Sunday night and him to clear this rushing yard total.
The Pick: Nick Chubb Over 65.5 Rushing Yards (-120)
Browns vs Steelers Scoring Props
|Player||First Touchdown Scorer||Anytime Touchdown Scorer|
|James Conner (Steelers)||+600||-110|
|Nick Chubb (Browns)||+800||+110|
|Diontae Johnson (Steelers)||+850||+145|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers)||+900||+150|
|Chase Claypool (Steelers)||+950||+155|
|Eric Ebron (Steelers)||+1300||+250|
|Jarvis Landry (Browns)||+1300||+220|
|Vance McDonald (Steelers)||+1300||+250|
|Kareem Hunt (Browns)||+1400||+220|
|Austin Hooper (Browns)||+1800||+330|
|Rashard Higgins (Browns)||+1900||+350|
|Baker Mayfield (Browns)||+3600||+750|
|Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers)||+5500||+1100|
Only three teams gave up more touchdowns to the tight end position this season than the Cleveland Browns (10). Only three teams gave up more receptions to the position and only seven teams gave up more yards. They were a sieve to tight ends all season and there is no reason to think anything has changed in that regard.
ERIC EBRON HURDLED HIM FOR THE LEAD 😳 @Ebron85 @steelers
📺 #PITvsDAL on CBS pic.twitter.com/iEOSdEvSZY
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 9, 2020
Eric Ebron is an interesting target this week given the way the Steelers utilized him this season. There were just twelve players that received more red zone targets (16) this season and he only played 14 games not counting the 10 snaps he played against the Bengals. Of those 16 targets, eight of them came from inside the 10 yard line which was only one off of the team lead. If and when the Steelers get deep into the Browns’ territory, Ebron will likely see a target or two that could go for a score.
Pick: Eric Ebron – Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+250)
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