Important AFC North clash highlights Week 6 NFL odds

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) rushes against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL football game. (David Richard/AP)

The battle for the top of the AFC North standings heats up on Sunday as the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers play host to the Cleveland Browns as 3.5-point home favourites on the Week 6 NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Forced to take an unscheduled bye in Week 4, Pittsburgh maintained its momentum with a 38-29 win over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles to improve its perfect straight-up record to 4-0 going into Sunday afternoon’s matchup at Heinz Field.

Now set among the favourites as a +1200 wager on the Super Bowl odds, the Steelers have impressed at home. Each of Pittsburgh’s past three wins have come on home turf, with the team claiming victory by an average margin of seven points during that stretch.

The Steelers have also long dominated Cleveland, claiming SU wins in 16 straight home meetings since 2003, and going 10-5-1 against the spread during that stretch. However, it is a red-hot Browns squad that makes the trip to Pittsburgh after improving their SU record to 4-1 with last weekend’s 32-23 win over Indianapolis.

The Cleveland offence has caught fire during the team’s four-game SU win streak, averaging 37.5 points per game during that stretch. That run included a 49-38 win in Dallas two weeks ago that lifted the Browns to 3-4 SU and 4-3 ATS in their past four games as road underdogs.

In other NFL Week 6 action at sports betting sites, two teams coming off stunning losses clash on Monday Night Football as the Buffalo Bills host the Kansas City Chiefs as 3.5-point underdogs. The Bills saw their fast 4-0 SU start come to an abrupt halt with a 42-16 loss in Tennessee on Tuesday night. Injuries played a key role in Buffalo’s first loss, with cornerback Tre’Davious White and linebacker Matt Milano both sidelined.

However, the Chiefs face injury trouble of their own as they look to rebound from their first SU defeat in 11 months, a 40-32 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. But Kansas City has enjoyed historical success against the Bills, going 3-1 SU and ATS in their past four meetings, including wins in two low-scoring contests in Buffalo.

Elsewhere on the Week 6 odds, the Green Bay Packers will be looking to improve to 5-0 SU as they visit Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as 2.5-point favourites. In the wake of Tuesday’s victory, the undefeated Titans are 3-point home chalk in their Sunday matchup with the Houston Texans. And the Chicago Bears look to maintain their hot start as they visit the surprising Carolina Panthers as 2.5-point underdogs.

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