January 3, 2022

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers: 4 Best 'Monday Night Football' Prop, Team Bets

Week 17 of the NFL season wraps up tonight as the Cleveland Browns will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in an AFC North showdown. 

The Browns come into this game as three-point underdogs, and with both teams having no chance at the playoffs this season, this game will have a different kind of significance behind it. 

We do not have a lot of football left this season, so although this game does not mean much of anything in the grand scheme of things, it should be a fun rivalry to end another great week of football. 

As always, we are back with the three best props of the night as well as the best overall bet of the night. If you decide to tail our picks, we just ask that you do so responsibly. 

Here are tonight's winners.

FanDuel: Donovan Peoples-Jones Over 31.5 Receiving Yards (-110)

Since the Browns' Week 6 loss to the Cardinals, Donovan Peoples-Jones has been one of the most targeted receivers for the Browns. Since Week 6, Peoples-Jones is averaging 50.8 receiving yards on 5.6 targets per game.

While Peoples-Jones has gone under this number three times since his breakout against the Cardinals, his snap count is increasing, and with a very limited receiver room, Peoples-Jones should be primed for another big game.

Pittsburgh's pass defense is giving up 6.9 yards per pass and 225.7 passing yards per game. Peoples-Jones' yards per target is down by almost six yards per target, but he is up to 40.3 receiving yards per game.

Barstool: Ben Roethlisberger Over 35.5 Pass Attempts (+100)

Do you remember Kobe Bryant's final game when it was clear that the game plan was "get the hell out of Kobe's way?" Well, with this likely being Ben Roethlisberger's final game in Pittsburgh, this is going to turn into the Roethlisberger show.

Even if it was not his final home game, Roethlisberger has gone over this total seven times this year. On the season, the Steelers are ranked 11th in passes per game, and although he has only gone over this number once in his last four, he should easily go over this total tonight.

Not only is it his final game at home, but it is also against the Cleveland Browns, the team that he has tortured for years. The writing is on the wall for a Hollywood ending to Roethlisberger's career in Pittsburgh. At +100 odds, this prop has the most value on the board.

Draftkings Touchdown Scorer Of The Night: Pat Freiermuth (+280)

The Cleveland Browns have allowed eight touchdowns to tight ends this season, and Pat Freiermuth already has a touchdown reception against the Browns earlier in the year. 

As is tradition in Pittsburgh at this point, the tight end plays a big role in the Steelers' offense, especially in the red zone. Freiermuth has seven touchdowns already in his rookie year, and he caught six of those in seven weeks. He is coming off a concussion that kept him out last week, and based on the Steelers' poor offensive performance, the return of Freiermuth is going to be a welcoming sight. 

Bovada: Under 43 (-110)

I woke up this morning ready to smash the Steelers no matter what the number was. Especially since it is Roethlisberger's last game at home, you just have to take the Steelers, right?

Well, the problem is that I love the Browns as three-point underdogs, but I do not love it as much as the under. The total has gone under in four of the last six games between these two, and the total has gone under in four of the last five for Cleveland this season. 

The Browns were officially eliminated from the playoffs yesterday, and it would not shock me if players like Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, and every other key player is put on a pitch count for the rest of the season. This is especially true with Mayfield since he needs surgery this offseason for his shoulder that he injured back in Week 2. 

The Steelers have one of the worst defenses against the run, and with Cleveland being one of the most run-heavy offenses in the NFL, they will probably keep the ball on the ground, especially with Mayfield throwing four interceptions last week against the Packers. 

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