The heavily-favored Pittsburgh Steelers have dominated their series with the Cleveland Browns. Do NFL experts expect that to continue on Thursday night?
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have met 116 times entering Thursday night's prime time match-up on the NFL Network. While the all-time series is close (60-56, Pittsburgh), the Steelers have dominated the rivalry over the last decade, winning 19 of the 21 meetings between the two clubs. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger arrived in 2004 and has won 12 of his 13 starts against the Browns, including two games last season by an average of 25 points.
Pittsburgh is favored by two touchdowns tonight and nobody in the national media is expecting an upset.
Both Solomon Wilcots and Joe Theismann at the NFL Network predict a Steelers win, as do Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk.com. The panel of experts at CBSSports.com and six of the eight experts at ESPN.com who have submitted their picks for the week are going with the Steelers.
In picking the Steelers, Sports Illustrated's Peter King notes the quality of their wide receivers:
"One of the two (Browns wins over Pittsburgh), you may recall, came on a Thursday-nighter in Cleveland a couple of years ago, on a ridiculous weather night on Lake Erie. It'll be chilly and breezy in Pittsburgh for this one, but the weather can't cover Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown."