The 2017 NFL schedule was released Thursday evening and it includes the Pittsburgh Steelers opening their regular season on the road against the Cleveland Browns. The oddsmakers wasted no time releasing their lines for the Week 1 games and according to vegasinsider.com, the Steelers opened as 9.5-point road favorites over the Browns.
While a lot can certainly happen between now and the start of the regular season, it will be surprising if the Steelers aren’t favored by more than touchdown over the Browns come kickoff time of that game.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 10-2 in games that he’s played against the Browns in Cleveland during his career. His last loss to the Browns on the road came in 2014 when the Steelers were beat 31-10.
The Steelers swept the Browns last season and Roethlisberger only played in the first of those two meetings that included him throwing for 167 yards in a game that was played in Pittsburgh. Backup quarterback Landry Jones started the second game against the Browns to close out the 2016 regular season and he won it in overtime with a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cobi Hamilton.