NFL Predictions Week 6 - Pittsburgh vs Cleveland Vegas Odds & FREE Football Picks: Big Ben Roethlisberger is back as the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) play host to the Cleveland Browns (1-4) in an AFC North conference NFL predictions match-up in week six of the NFL schedule. The Steelers had won 13 consecutive NFL predictions contests to the Browns before losing in December 2009 at Cleveland 13-6 in a NFL picks battle where Roethlisberger was sacked nine times. The last time the Browns won in Pittsburgh was in 2003 and, as a result of the dominance in the series, Vegas odds makers have picked the as -14(-110) point NFL predictions week 6 favorites to beat the Browns again at home.
The Steelers, in their first four NFL picks contests, have struggled to score 13 points in a game, let alone be favored to win by that many. Take away the 38 they scored against Tampa Bay, and the Steelers have yet to break 20 points in any one NFL predictions match-up. Why are the Vegas Odds makers so optimistic? Two words: Big Ben. In Roethlisberger, the Steelers get a quarterback who has passed for over 4,000 yards last season and who has won two Super Bowls. He changes the complexion of the offense the moment he steps onto the field and the Steelers need him to make a difference as they are ranked last in the NFL in passing yardage. Rashard Mendenhall has had success running the ball with 411 yards and 4 TDS but look for the Steelers to come out throwing early.
The other reason for the large week 6 Vegas spread is the Cleveland Browns. The Browns start rookie Colt McCoy versus one of the top defenses in the league. Peyton Hillis has established himself as a tough inside runner but he will find little room against the top-ranked rushing defense in the NFL. The Steelers will see lots of Josh Cribbs as QB in the Wildcat, a formation they could not stop last NFL predictions season, but with a healthy Troy Polamalu and an improved Lawrence Timmons, those holes will be filled a little more quickly.
The homecoming NFL predictions contest for Roethlisberger should provide the team the spark needed to defeat not only the Browns but the Vegas spread, bringing life back to the comatose Steelers’ passing game.
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