BetMGM is offering boosted odds on the Cleveland Browns to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and over 46 points in the game.
A money line win for the Browns and over 46 points has been boosted from +280 to +350 at the BetMGM. That could be an interesting option, despite the Browns being eliminated from the playoff picture over the weekend.
At the start of the weekend, Cleveland was the -170 favorite to win the big Monday Night Football game. It was also the 3.5-point favorite in the point spread betting.
That has all changed after results went against the Browns at the weekend, meaning they now have no mathematical chance of reaching the playoffs. They are now the +110 underdogs with BetMGM, while Pittsburgh has become the -133 money line favorite.
The line has also shifted by 5.5 points, leaving Pittsburgh as the 2-point favorite. The official total points line has increased to 42, with -110 on over and -110 on under.
Last Clash at Heinz Field was a Classic
Betting on the Browns to win and over 46 points might therefore seem a little ambitious. After all, it finished 15-10 to the Steelers when these teams met in Cleveland earlier this season. That was a tense, gripping war of attrition, and it did not suggest a high-scoring clash in Week 17.
However, the last meeting between these teams at Heinz Field resulted in an open, exciting game. It took place in the wild card round last season when the Browns surged to a 48-37 win. That ended their 17-game losing streak in Pittsburgh, and it suggested the balance of power would shift in this heated divisional rivalry.
Yet Cleveland has regressed this year. An error-strewn performance saw it lose 24-22 to the Packers in Week 16. The Browns lost 16-14 to the Raiders the previous weekend. They are 7-8 straight-up for the season, and they are now out of the playoff picture, regardless of what happens at Heinz Field tonight.
Will the Browns Lack Motivation?
The sportsbooks seemingly believe that a lack of motivation will cause the Browns to lose, which led them to shift the line by 5.5 points. If you agree, the boosted odds on a money line win for the Browns and over 46 points will not appeal.
However, it is worth noting that the Browns have prepared for this game all week as if they are still alive and kicking in the playoff race. It would be unusual for Cleveland to pull its starters for this game, even if all that is at stake is pride.
Players still want to compete and win, and there is no need to rest them for any important clashes in future. Many of the Cleveland players may relish the opportunity to eliminate the Steelers from the playoff picture. Pittsburgh is 7-7-1, and defeat on Monday night would kill off its chances of reaching the postseason.
The Steelers are also coming off a blowout defeat to the Chiefs. They have lost four of their last six games, and they have not looked convincing in recent weeks.
On the other hand, this could be Ben Roethlisberger’s last game at Heinz Field, and he will be keen to put on a show for the home fans. He could roll back the clock and power his team to a high score, turning this game into a shootout, so the odds boost at BetMGM looks reasonably tempting.
Alternative Odds Boosts
If that does not float your boat, Caesars Sportsbook has lots of boosts on this game. A Browns win and over 4.5 receptions for Jarvis Landry has been boosted to +300. A Steelers win and a Diontae Johnson TD is up to +350.
You can also find boosted odds of +425 on Big Ben and Browns QB Baker Mayfield to each throw over 1.5 passing TDs. Another option is Najee Harris to combine for over 149.5 rushing and receiving yards at +600.
It also has boosted odds of +400 on a parlay featuring the Steelers, the Golden State Warriors, and the New York Rangers all to win. The maximum bet on those odds boosts is $100.
DraftKings has boosted the odds on Roethlisberger recording two-plus passing touchdowns from +110 to +125 in a promo called “Big Ben Farewell”.