Browns vs Steelers Week 2 MNF Prediction & Picks: Chubb Carries Cleveland to Victory

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After an action-packed Sunday, the NFL Week 2 schedule comes to an end with a Monday Night Football showdown between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

This AFC North rivalry isn’t a stranger to intense matchups and tonight’s collision shouldn’t be any different.

Both sides experienced different outcomes in Week 1. The Browns have momentum on their side after their 24-3 drubbing over the Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, the Steelers hope to rebound after their 30-7 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Can the Browns improve to 2-0 on the year? Or will the Steelers find a way to avoid consecutive losses at home?

This betting preview has everything you need to know ahead of tonight’s Browns vs. Steelers MNF clash, ranging from the latest odds to my favorite bets this evening.

Browns vs. Steelers — NFL Week 2 MNF

CLE vs. PIT Game Information

  • Matchup: Cleveland Browns (1-0, 0-0 Away) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1, 0-1 Home)
  • Venue & Location: Acrisure Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Date: Monday, Sept. 18, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Where to Watch Browns vs. Steelers Week 2 MNF: ABC, ESPN+

Browns vs. Steelers Odds

NFL game odds courtesy of Bovada as of Monday, Sept. 18 at 10:51 a.m. ET. Odds from other sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.


  • Cleveland Browns -2.5 (-110)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5 (-110)


  • Over 38.5 Points (-105)
  • Under 38.5 Points (-115)


  • Cleveland Browns -135
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +115

Browns vs Steelers Betting Trends

  • Cleveland is 1-19 straight up in its last 20 road games against Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh is 1-5 straight up in its last six games played in September.
  • Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games against the AFC North.
  • Pittsburgh is 0-4-1 ATS in its last five Week 2 matchups.
  • The total has hit the Under in seven of Cleveland’s last eight games.
  • The total has hit the over in four of Pittsburgh’s last six games against Cleveland.

Browns vs Steelers Week 2 MNF Preview

Normally, playing in Pittsburgh would be a death sentence for the Browns. After all, Cleveland has dropped 19 of the last 20 Browns vs. Steelers tilts played in the Steel City.

Nevertheless, this isn’t the same Cleveland team as before. The Browns looked solid against the Bengals last week, especially on defense, holding the 2022 AFC North Champions to just three points and 142 total yards.

On top of that, Cleveland held Cincinnati to a 2-of-15 (13.3%) third-down conversion rate while sacking quarterback Joe Burrow three times and intercepting him once.

Things look promising for the Browns defenders again after how the Steelers offense looked last week. Pittsburgh just couldn’t get anything going against San Francisco, averaging 3.9 yards per play while only holding the ball for 37.7% of the game.

It also didn’t help that QB Kenny Pickett finished the night with a pair of interceptions.

September just hasn’t treated the Steelers well lately. They’ve now lost five of their last six matchups in the month with a minus-9.7 averaging scoring margin along the way.

I also expect the Browns to take advantage of a Steelers defense that just surrendered 188 yards on the ground to the 49ers last week. After all, Cleveland’s backfield just racked up 206 rushing yards and a touchdown while averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

After Browns RB Nick Chubb amassed 235 scrimmage yards and a pair of TDs in two meetings against the Steelers in 2022, don’t be surprised when the visitors lean heavily on the dynamic rusher again.

A run-first mentality from Cleveland is also expected with WR Amari Cooper “unlikely” to suit up for the Browns vs. Steelers clash due to a groin injury.

Browns vs Steelers Week 2 MNF Prediction

Based on how these AFC North rivals looked last week, I’m backing the Browns to win.

The Steelers left much to be desired on both sides of the ball and I don’t see them stopping Chubb from running wild tonight. Cleveland will get off to an early lead before turning to the ground game to run out the clock.

Prediction: Browns 23, Steelers 17

Browns vs Steelers Week 2 Best Bets

Browns -2.5 (-110 on Bovada)

I’m taking the Browns to cover the spread tonight as a bet I like. After all, they went 5-1 ATS against the AFC North last season and just covered the spread against the Bengals last week.

Covering against the Steelers — who are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five Week 2 tilts — shouldn’t be an issue for the visitors.

Player Prop: Nick Chubb 90+ Rushing Yards (+100 on Bovada)

Browns vs Steelers Week 2 MNF prediction, odds & picks
Expect a big night from Browns RB Nick Chubb.

As for a Browns vs. Steelers player prop that I like, I’m going with Nick Chubb rushing for 90-plus yards at +100 odds.

For starters, the Steelers just let Christian McCaffrey rush for 152 yards last week. Now they must face Chubb, who’s made good on this prop in four of his last five games dating back to the 2022 campaign, averaging 95.6 rushing yards during that stretch.

As long as the Browns keep feeding him the ball, expect another 90-plus-yard performance from Chubb.

Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh Week 2 FAQ

When is Browns vs. Steelers?

  • The Browns and Steelers will collide on Monday, September 18, 2023.

Where is Browns vs. Steelers?

  • The Browns and Steelers will play each other at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

What time does Browns vs. Steelers start?

  • Kickoff for the upcoming CLE vs. PIT matchup is slated for 8:15 p.m. ET.

How can I watch Browns vs. Steelers?

  • Cleveland and Pittsburgh fans can tune in to ABC and ESPN+ for the Monday Night Football matchup.

How can I bet on Browns vs. Steelers?

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Devon Platana
Devon Platana

Devon is a Master of Journalism graduate who joined the sports betting world in 2020. His favorite leagues to cover are the NHL, NBA and NFL, and has a soft spot for fantasy football specifically. Outside of sports, he enjoys the finer things in life like pasta, live music and getting even more tattoos.

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