|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL In the final week of the 2010 NFL regular season, the top of the NFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers hit the road to Cleveland to take on their third place NFC North rivals, the Browns. Althought their records are drastically different, the Steelers proudly sporting an 11-4 going into Week 17, while the Browns have a weak 5-10, the Steelers know it is far from a sure thing. When betting on football note the history between the two teams. The Steelers managed just 77 yards rushing and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked eight times in a 13-6 loss at Cleveland last December, a defeat that dropped Pittsburgh to 6-7 and all but ended its playoff hopes. But this game holds a lot of weight, more than just revenge, the Steelers can clinch the AFC North title and a bye in the first round of the playoffs with a victory over the Browns or the other option would be a Baltimore loss at Cincinnati.
Sportsbook lists the Steelers as the minus six point road favorites this weekend, with the total over under at 37.5.
In recent Browns news, Eric Mangini could be saying good bye to his team. Team president Mike Holmgren hasn’t spoken up about Mangini’s status, but some of his teammates have. Two have stepped out this week to make it known that they hope he comes back next season. Those two were Sheldon Brown and Lawrence Vickers. The comments were the most positive and public spoken by any Cleveland players this season in support of Mangini, whose record dropped to 10-21 with the Browns (5-10) following Sunday's home loss to Baltimore. To this point, many of the Browns had either sidestepped questions about Mangini by saying that it wasn’t their decision, or they were focused on the game ahead. Holgrem himself hasn’t spoken to the media about the situation since November 2nd, when he announced that he wouldn’t make any public decisions until after the season.
With Kansas City's clinching of the AFC West title on Sunday, the Steelers' 2011 opponents have now been set - barring an expansion by the league to an 18-game schedule. The Steelers will host Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Tennessee, New England, Seattle and St. Louis. They will travel to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, San Francisco and Arizona.