NFL Betting at Get That Bet — Browns Start Hoyer Against Steelers, But Manziel is Standing By

The Cleveland Browns were certainly one of those teams that made the most news in the off-season and during training camp. Will that amount to them making some noise on the actual playing field in the regular season? We will find out when the 2014 regular season kicks off on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. NFL betting action at Heinz Field begins at 1 PM ET.

The Browns, of course, drafted former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in the first round, but they have not given him the starting job. Instead, the ball will be handed to Brian Hoyer, who won all three starts for the Browns last season until getting injured. Pittsburgh is looking to step up the tempo on offense, and for that purpose they are working more with a no-huddle offense.

The Steelers were 8-8 straight-up last season, and they had a 9-7 record against the pointspread. The Browns pulled up the rear in the AFC North with a 4-12 SU mark, and were 6-10 versus the number.

In the NFL betting odds that have been posted on this game at Get That Bet, the Steelers are solid favorites:

NFL Betting Odds Courtesy Get That Bet USA Friendly Sportsbook

Pittsburgh Steelers -7
Cleveland Browns +7

Over 41 Points -110
Under 41 Points -110

There was a change to another new regime in Cleveland with the hiring of coach Mike Pettine. He had intended all along to have Hoyer as his starter, but the veteran did not distinguish himself at all. That gave Manziel a chance, but the rookie was erratic. So Pettine bypassed Rex Grossman and named Hoyer the starter by default. This is a team that is not deep at the receiver position, which makes Josh Gordon’s suspension absence all the more meaningful. And they will be depending on Ben Tate in the backfield. Will this team be a real threat to get the ball down the field? That is what Get That Bet customers are asking themselves.

The Steelers got off to an 0-4 record in 2013, which left them with an uphill battle. They fought back nicely, going 8-4 over their last dozen contests, and NFL bettors noticed that some of that was due to the no-huddle offense, which Ben Roethlisberger feels rather comfortable with. He has had a rocky relationship with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, but maybe these guys can get on the same page about pushing the pace. If this team can pound the ball with Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, they have a good chance to wear down opponents. Cleveland is no slouch defensively (and has added Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner to the mix), although wide receiver Antonio Brown, who figures to be shadowed by Joe Haden, was able to catch 17 passes in the two meetings last year.

Pittsburgh re-tooled its stop unit a bit, and will keep the pressure on Hoyer; that’s for certain. Cleveland will be hard-pressed to move the ball against Dick LeBeau’s defensive schemes; Get That Bet patrons may want to take note that the Browns had only 134 rushing yards and eighteen points in last year’s two encounters. And by the way, LeBeau fully expects Manziel to see some action in this game, if only for a specific package of plays.

Roethlisberger has been a thorn in the side of the Cleveland franchise through the years, compiling a 17-1 straight-up record as the starting quarterback. Will be “new leadership, same old results” for the Browns? Considering the way the quarterback situation was handled, this club may not be off to such a good start.

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