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Steelers Open as 4-Point Favorites over Browns

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The Steelers have opened as four-point favorites for the NFL Wild Card Round game against the Cleveland Browns next weekend at Heinz Field, according to odds released on Sunday.

Pittsburgh finished the regular season 10-6 against the spread, tied for the third-best record of any team in the league, and have covered in two straight games, including during their 24-22 regular-season-closing loss to Cleveland earlier on Sunday,

The Steelers were 10.5-point favorites in that game, but held out starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, center Maurkice Pouncey and defensive stars Cam Heyward and T.J. Watt.

Overall, the Steelers were 6-5 against the spread as favorites this season and easily covered a three-point spread against Cleveland at home on Oct. 18, when the Steelers won, 38-7.

Cleveland finished the regular season 6-10 against the spread after failing to cover in the finale against the Steelers. As underdogs, the Browns fared better, going 2-3.

The Browns have not played in a playoff game since 2002, when they also played the Steelers and lost, 36-33 at Heinz Field. 

The Steelers lost their most recent playoff game, a Divisional Round upset at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017. They have won their last two Wild Card Round games, in 2015 and 2016.

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