The Pittsburgh Steelers are two-touchdown favorites over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
The Steelers have dominated the series, winning 19 of the last 21 meetings and eight straight games in Heinz Field. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 12-1 all-time against the Browns, including two wins by a combined 50 points in the 2010 series, and has 19 touchdowns and a 99.2 passer rating against the Browns, who enter Thursday night's game with the NFL's top-ranked pass defense, allowing just 173.3 yards per game.
Despite the stellar pass defense, Cleveland has lost five of their last six games entering Thursday night, largely due to their 31st-ranked run defense that has allowed over 180 yards per game over that span and an inconsistent offense that ranks 30th in rushing and total offense. The Browns did receive some good news when quarterback Colt McCoy was able to practice after injuring his knee in last Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.