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Steelers-Browns could be an ugly Thursday night game

The first two Thursday nights of the NFL season, we saw Matthew Stafford, Josh Allen, Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes.

This week, we get Mitchell Trubisky vs. Jacoby Brissett.

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers have a good rivalry and there are worse teams in the NFL. But there’s a reason the total for this game is just 38.5. This one could be a slog.

The Browns have moved from -3.5 favorites through most of the offseason to a 4.5-point favorite this week at BetMGM. The line did reach -5 earlier this week. That line move comes after the Browns had an absolute collapse and blew a 13-point lead in the final two minutes at home to the New York Jets last week.

The line move has to be because the Steelers offense looks even worse than the Browns. Even though the Steelers don’t want to play rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett, Mitchell Trubisky isn’t doing enough to keep his job. The Steelers had just 243 yards in a Week 2 home loss to the New England Patriots. Pittsburgh’s defense has been good this season, but it also doesn’t have injured star T.J. Watt.

The Browns haven’t been great either. They barely beat a bad Carolina Panthers team in Week 1 and lost to a bad New York Jets team in Week 2. The Week 2 loss was a little fluky, but they did allow 307 yards to Joe Flacco. It was a brutal loss.

The line move clinched my pick for the Steelers. I don’t see this game being decided by more than three or four points and I think the Steelers could win. What you saw in last week’s 17-14 Patriots-Steelers game is about what I expect Thursday night, with neither team moving it much and a big play or two deciding who wins it. It won’t be pretty, but at least it’s an NFL game.

Jacoby Brissett and the Browns take on the Steelers in a Thursday night game. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Here’s a first look at the sports betting slate for Thursday:

Any props for Thursday night?

It will be hard to bet on any overs on a game that could be pretty rough for both offenses. I…

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