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 by BetOnline.ag.
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.