Thursday Night Football Betting Trends: Browns vs. Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers opened as a 13.5 point favorite at the market-setting Cris sportsbook and, according to Sports Insights’ NFL Betting Trends, is currently receiving 72% of all spread bets. This disproportionate betting percentage moved the line to a key number at -14 as of Thursday afternoon.

One factor to monitor in this game is the health of Browns running back Peyton Hillis. After posting a breakthrough season in 2010 (over 1,600 total yards and 13 TD), the former Razorback has played in just six games this season due to a variety of injuries. Hillis is currently listed as questionable with a hip injury, but make sure to visit our NFL injuries page for up to the moment updates.

A majority of the market-setting books are offering this game at -14, although there are lines available on either side of this key number. Carib is currently offering this game at -13.5 while Bodog and SIA have this game available at 14.5. Those half points are particularly significant when dealing with a common victory margin (14), and once again demonstrates the importance of shopping for the best line.

The following table shows the breakdown of spread betting percentages from our six contributing sportsbooks:


Team

# Bets

Sportsbook

BetUS

Carib

WagerWeb

5Dimes

SIA
Browns 18604 12% 34% 11% 24% 51% 28%
Steelers 88% 66% 89% 76% 49% 72%

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