Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) plays against the Tennessee Titans during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


Patrick Werkmeister

After a solid 2-1 performance in Sunday’s NFL edition of best bets, this Monday night game is a great opportunity to stay hot. In this heated AFC North rivalry, Baker Mayfield and. Last week, the Steelers were absolutely blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs, whereas the Browns were narrowly defeated by the Green Bay Packers. With the Browns now officially eliminated from playoff contention, Pittsburgh’s chances are still alive as they enter their last home game of the season, and Ben Roethlisberger’s career. With this in mind, here is what I love in this MNF action.

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Steelers (-2.5)
The Steelers opened this game as one and a half-point home favorites, but they are now favored by two and a half-points. Although Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in their last six games, the Cleveland Browns have won just once in their past five overall games. Additionally, the Steelers are 5-0-1 SU in their last six games played at home. While the Steelers postseason chances are slim, even if they win out, it will be a playoff-like atmosphere as Pittsburgh says farewell to 18-year veteran QB, Ben Roethlisberger. Cleveland on the other hand has little to no motivation for playing this game. Although Roethlisberger will surely be airing it out, they will have to make sure to feed running back Najee Harris where they are 5-0 when he gets the ball 20 or more times. If Ben can take care of the ball and run the offense through Harris, they have a great chance of beating this unmotivated Browns squad. Although this Cleveland defensive unit has been a steady group this season, they have had some inconsistencies where they have been scorched on that side of the ball. If they can somewhat limit the run, unlike the last several weeks, they have a very favorable chance of taking this game. Take the Steelers minus the points at home where they look to get Ben Roethlisberger one more home victory.

Ben Roethlisberger Over 235.5 Passing Yards
After throwing for only 159 yards during their Week 16 defeat, Ben Roethlisberger will be airing it out all game now that he’s down to his last two NFL games. With the return of his security blanket, tight end Pat Freiermuth, Ben will once again have his complete arsenal of skills players to look to. Despite his evident decline, he has shown he is still capable of putting up big numbers. In their Week 14 loss to the Vikings, Big Ben threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. In the first meeting between these teams, Roethlisberger was super-efficient where he threw for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown in the 15-10 victory. Roethlisberger has gone 9-7 on the over for this yardage mark this season, but he should be airing it out more than usual in this close out game. Take the over for Big Ben’s passing prop. 

Nick Chubb Any Time TD (-135)
With the limited number of scoring options for the Browns, they will definitely run their offense through superstar running back Nick Chubb. In the absence of fellow running back Kareem Hunt, Chubb has scored in back to back weeks as the Browns continue to rely on his production. So far on the season, Chubb has a solid total of 8 rushing touchdowns, but they will once again lean on him as Hunt deals with a knee injury. With over 1,100 total yards rushing alone, he always finds a way to get yardage and is currently on a touchdown hot streak. The Steelers are ranked as the worst rush defense in the league, and they will have a tough time with one of the best backs in the league. Additionally, Pittsburgh will also have to overcome one of the best offensive lines in the league. This should allow Chubb to be productive at the very least. Take him to score in what should be an interesting game.

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Nick Chubb Anytime TD Scorer, Diontae Johnson Anytime TD Scorer, Roethlisberger Over 235.5 Pass Yds, Chubb Over 86.5 Rush Yds, Claypool Over 40.5 Rec Yds St

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