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Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 NFL Picks, Predictions & Odds

by Matt Foust on Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 NFL Picks, 2010 NFL Predictions & 2010 NFL Odds: AFC North brethren Cleveland and Pittsburgh will renew their bitter rivalry this afternoon within the confines of the Steel City's Heinz Field. The divisional showdown is scheduled to get underway at 1:00pm ET on CBS. 2010 NFL Picks, Predictions & Odds at online sportsbook Bodog.com have the Steelers listed as a -14 against the spread home favorite and the Over/Under set at 37.5.

Browns Breakdown: Cleveland will look to capture its second division win of the season, or second win period, for that matterCleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 NFL Picks, Predictions & Odds, when it takes on arch rival Pittsburgh today. The Browns beat the Bengals 23-20 two weeks ago at home, but fell last Sunday 20-10 to the Atlanta Falcons, also in their own stadium. 

Cleveland's offense suffered with Jake Delhomme under center as the veteran signal caller completed 13-of-23 passes for 97 yards and two interceptions before re-injuring his gimpy ankle. Seneca Wallace, who has started most of the season, played well filling in (11-of-15, 139 yards, one touchdown), but he too finished the game with an ankle injury.

Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will make his first career start today in, perhaps, the most unfriendly location in the league. However, given the health status of Delhomme and Wallace, McCoy's appearance is all but mandatory.

The Texas product was a Heisman finalist the last two years; he nearly led the Longhorns to a national title last season but suffered a shoulder injury in the opening quarter of the BCS Championship Game against Alabama.

Steelers Breakdown: The Steelers, which are coming off a bye, will also have a new quarterback under center today as two time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger comes off a four game suspension to make his first start of the season.

Pittsburgh performed well in Roethlisberger's absence, garnering a 3-1 record; however, it fell before the bye to AFC North rival Baltimore at Heinz Field.

The Steelers defense presently ranks first in the league in points per game allowed (12.5) and rushing yards per game allowed (62.2). The offense, though, averaged just 269.5 yards per game during Roethlisberger's suspension. His return should equal a boost in both the team's rushing and passing numbers, especially against the Browns, which are yielding an average of 343.2 yards per game.

NFL Picks Betting Trend: The Steelers are 0-6 against the spread in their last six games as a home favorite with a spread between 14 and 17.5.

Bodog.com Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 NFL Picks, Predictions & Odds:

Cleveland Browns +14 (-125), Over 37.5 (-110)

Pittsburgh Steelers -14 (+105), Under 37.5 (-110)

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