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Steelers vs. Browns: FrontPageBets takes a look at this Thursday night AFC North matchup

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Cleveland wide receiver Amari Cooper (2) had nine catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' loss to the New York Jets in Week 2. 

A matchup of future, first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterbacks highlights the Week 3 slate as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers travel to face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

One good thing about playing on a short week for the Cleveland Browns is they won’t have as much time to mull over their 31-20 Sunday loss to the New York Jets. The Browns saw a 13-point lead evaporate in the final two minutes.

The focus for Cleveland had to turn pretty quickly to Thursday night’s divisional game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are also coming off a tough loss to the New England Patriots.

Neither the Browns nor the Steelers are where they wanted to be at this point in the season -- both 1-1 and both needing some breaks to go their way.

The Browns enter Thursday night at 4.5-point favorites; but in its last six home games, Cleveland is 1-5 against the spread.

The Steelers have owned the Browns in recent history, going 15-4-1 straight up against Cleveland in their last 20 games.

FrontPageBets picks a winner, as well as three best bets, in this Thursday night AFC North matchup.

(All odds courtesy of DraftKings and are subject to change)

Browns QB Jacoby Brissett over 27.5 pass attempts (+100)

Cleveland quarterback Jacoby Brissett is averaging 30.5 pass attempts per game. And while he’s only throwing for 188 yards each time out, he seems to be growing in the offense. Against the Jets last week, he completed 81.5% of his passes.

In this week's FPBcast, Gerry Ahern and Mike Szvetitz take a look at their top games and top bets.

Browns WR Amari Cooper over 50.5 receiving yards (-115)

A big reason why Brissett is improving is because he’s starting to utilize veteran receiver Amari Cooper more in the offense. Cooper, who came to Cleveland from the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason, wasn’t a factor in the Browns’ first game against the Carolina Panthers (3 catches for 17 yards). But against New York, Cooper was targeted 10 times and had nine receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. Cooper will continue to be Brissett’s first and -- at times -- only option.

Steelers RB Najee Harris anytime TD (+155)

Coming off a Pro Bowl season where he set franchise rookie running back records for carries (307), rushing yards (1,200), catches (74) and receiving yards (467), Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris has yet to find the end zone in the first two games of 2022. Expect that to change, and soon.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

When: Thursday, 8:15 p.m.; PRIME

Spread: Steelers +4.5 (-110); Browns -4.5 (-110)

Money line: Steelers +165; Browns -195

Over/Under: 38 (-110)

The pick: Browns, 24-22


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Mike Szvetitz is the General Manager and Content Director for FrontPageBets.com. Szvetitz is a 22-year veteran reporter and editor, including serving 17 years as a sports editor in Florida, Alabama and Virginia, covering everything from preps to pros. His "View From The Lazy Boy" column won multiple state and national awards. He can be reached at mszvetitz@timesdispatch.com.

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