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NFL odds and lines Week 12: Steelers vs. Browns

Despite a 2-8 record, the Cleveland Browns have even odds against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12.

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Despite a 2-8 record and a two-game losing streak, the Cleveland Browns aren't underdogs in Week 12, when Trent Richardson and the Browns play host to the 6-4 Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Browns and Steelers enter Thursday at even odds -- so the Browns aren't the favorites, either.

Under normal circumstances, Pittsburgh would certainly be favored, but the Steelers are forced to start third string quarterback Charlie Batch, after injuries to both Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich. Pittsburgh signed Tom Brady's former backup quarterback, Bryan Hoyer, to backup Batch on Sunday.

Cleveland has entered each game the last five weeks as underdogs, and have covered the spread twice in that span. Even though the Browns are just 2-8 on the season, Cleveland is 5-4-1 against the spread this season.

By contrast, the Steelers are just 4-5-1 against the spread so far in 2012.

The over/under for the game has not been set yet.

A full odds report can be found at OddsShark.

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