If you can figure out the AFC North this season, good on you. The Cincinnati Bengals are currently on top, and it’s looking like it might be a competitive race through and through. The Pittsburgh Steelers have fought their way to 3-3 and are coming off a bye week to help heal up. The Cleveland Browns, on the other hand, are in desperate need of a bye week after suffering injuries to numerous starters on offense. However, backup QB Case Keenum and third-string running back D’Ernest Johnson showed in a primetime game against the Broncos that they can still put up points. Here are the player props to take a look at when the Steelers and Browns face off on Halloween.
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Ben Rothlisberger Under 252.5 Passing Yards
Remember the steady decline of Big Ben last year? Yeah, I’m expecting that to happen a bit sooner this time around. He’s been putting up decent numbers this year, averaging 252.5 yards per game while throwing for seven TDs and four picks. However, people keep sleeping on this Cleveland Browns defense that’s actually been quite good so far. They’re only allowing 215.1 passing yards per game and should be able to bully a thin Steelers receiving corps. Myles Garrett should also have a field day against a weak Steelers offensive line.
Ben Bothlisberger Under 0.5 INTs
While I don’t believe Rotherlisberger will be able to air it out against the Browns, I also don’t expect him to turn the ball over. The QB has gone two games without a pick, and the Cleveland secondary isn’t exactly full of ballhawks. The Browns only have three interceptions on the year, and I believe Pittsburgh will try and play this game smart and not risk too many turnovers. The number is currently +110 for the Pittsburgh QB to go without an interception, so I see some value here.
Najee Harris Over 105.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really wish I got to see Najee Harris play with Big Ben in his prime. Oh well, maybe the next QB. Still, Harris has been explosive at times this year. He’s coming off his best game as a rookie, totaling 127 overall yards and a receiving touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks. Pittsburgh needs more targets with Juju Smith-Schuster out, and I think the focus will continue on Harris as the season goes on.
D’Ernest Johnson To Score First TD
This one is just for fun, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Coming in as the third-string running back forced into a starting role, D’Ernest Johnson absolutely tore up the Denver Broncos defense, totaling 146 yards and a touchdown. Something tells me Kevin Stefanski and the Cleveland coaching staff took notice. Even with Nick Chubb back in the lineup, the Browns like to use multiple backs to wear down opposing defenses. With +2200 odds on DraftKings, Johnson to score the first TD is definitely worth a sprinkle.