Week 1 was a disaster for the Pittsburgh Steelers and it’s only gotten worse since with the news of long-term injuries to both Cam Heyward and Diontae Johnson.
On Monday night, the Cleveland Browns are favorites in Pittsburgh for just the second time in modern Browns franchise history and with the spread at 2.5 that is the most they’ve ever been favored by.
The Steelers are 0-1 after a loss to San Francisco and the Browns are 1-0 after dominating Cincinnati, but BetSided NFL betting analyst Iain MacMillan is trying his best not to overreact and he likes the Stelelers to pull off the upset at home. MacMillan bets every game in his “Road to 272” so you can find all of his Week 2 picks there.
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Kenny Pickett did not play well for the Steelers in Week 1, but BetSided NFL betting analyst Iain MacMillan isn’t sold on the quarterback on the other side after his performance either.
“Deshaun Watson did enough to lead the Browns to a win, but he still completed just 55.2% of passes for 154 yards, one touchdown, and one interception," MacMillan wrote. "It's going to be tough to continue to win football games with that level of play by Watson."
He also isn’t sold on the Browns defense after they held the Bengals to just three points. Potentially that had more to do with Joe Burrow missing time in training camp and the preseason than any massive improvements with new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
“While the Browns defense looked strong, I think it was more of a result of a terrible offensive performance by Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense, "MacMillan wrote.
Monday Night Football in Pittsburgh is a big stage and the Steelers are typically up for it. The Steelers have won their last 20 home Monday Night Football games, a streak that dates back to a 20-0 win over the Bengals on Oct. 19, 1992.
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