There are two Monday Night Football games for Week 2 of the season. The final one features a pair of AFC North teams, as the Cleveland Browns are on the road at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cleveland is coming off a big divisional win over Cincinnati, where they allowed just a field goal in the game.
For Pittsburgh, they lost their opener. The Steelers were smashed at home by the San Francisco 49ers. The Steelers, despite being at home in this game, are +2.5 against the Browns. The total for this game was set at 38.5 points.
Browns Off to Quick Start
The resurgence of the Cleveland Browns has added a refreshing twist to the NFL narrative, especially given their prolonged history of setbacks. Browns enthusiasts and loyal fans were overjoyed as they triumphed over Cincinnati in their season opener, setting the stage for an eagerly awaited Week Two clash that has sent anticipation levels in Cleveland skyrocketing.
In Week One, it was the Cleveland defense that shone brilliantly. They stifled Joe Burrow, limiting him to under 100 passing yards and allowing just a single field goal. The performance of the Browns’ defensive unit was nothing short of extraordinary, laying a solid foundation for their victory.
On the offensive front, the Browns achieved their desired objectives. DeShaun Watson exhibited poise, orchestrating the offense effectively, exercising ball security, and efficiently distributing the ball to his array of weapons.
Watson wrapped up the game with 154 passing yards and a touchdown, further bolstering the team’s attack with a rushing touchdown of his own. Cleveland’s rushing attack showcased its potency, amassing 206 yards in Week One, ranking second in the league.
The lion’s share of the rushing load was shouldered by Nick Chubb, who amassed an impressive 106 yards, although he narrowly missed the end zone.
Looking ahead, the NFL schedule reveals that the Browns are set to host the Titans in Week 3, a matchup that promises to be a true test of their mettle.
Steelers Staring 0-2 in the Face
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a reflective mood after a tumultuous start to the season.
Their Week One encounter with the 49ers was a tale of woes, with the Steelers outplayed and outmuscled from the opening whistle to the final buzzer. A glimmer of hope emerged just before halftime when the Steelers notched their lone touchdown, briefly keeping the game within reach.
However, their inability to contain Christian McCaffrey at the start of the second half led to a 23-point loss, leaving them with more questions than answers.
The limited involvement of Najee Harris, who received only six carries in the defeat, has raised concerns about the future of the Steelers’ running game. On a positive note, Allen Robinson, the seasoned receiver, showcased his skills with 64 receiving yards.
Nevertheless, Pittsburgh faces an uphill battle in finding consistency, especially with the impending challenge of countering Cleveland’s formidable running game.
Steelers Steel Home Win
In conclusion, the upcoming showdown between the Cleveland Browns and the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers is poised to be a critical juncture for both teams. While the Browns bask in the glory of their Week One triumph, the Steelers must urgently address their issues to regain their footing.
The outcome of this clash will undoubtedly hinge on how well Pittsburgh can contend with Cleveland’s ground dominance, adding further intrigue to the ever-evolving NFL landscape.
We expect this to be a fun, interesting football game. But, in the end, the Pittsburgh Steelers +105 on the moneyline is the bet to make in this game. Enjoy the game, and good luck!