2012 Season NFL Football Past Picks
November 25, 2012
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Sunday 11/25 01:00 PM Eastern
3 units on Pittsburgh PICK () (risk 3 to return 3) RESULT: LOSS
It looks like Charlie Batch will get the call at QB for the Steelers who have certainly had their share of injuries to deal with this season. This is a huge upgrade over Byron Leftwich folks. People probably forget, but over the past two seasons, Batch was summoned to duty and passed for 560 yards in three starts at 8 yards per attempt. And, when he has come in to back-up Big Ben, the Steelers are 5-2. So, things may not be as bad as they look, especially the way the Steelers defense has been playing. The Steelers held the potent Ravens attack to 200 yards of offense last week and did not allow a TD. That is 7.5 quarters of TD-free defense by the Steel Curtain. The Browns certainly don't pose much of a threat here against the Pittsburgh defense as they have scored 20 or fewer points in seven games, and have but two wins to show for the season. One of those was by a single point vs. a losing team. At the same time the Browns’ defense has allowed 23 points or more in seven games. This line is an over-reaction to the QB situation for the Steelers, but Batch is more than capable. The Steelers are tough off of a loss, as they are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 following a setback. Cleveland is a team that can cover the spread when getting lots of points. Here they are laying them. Take the Steelers.