Steelers vs Bengals – Week 14 NFL Betting Preview

  • Updated: December 10, 2015
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    by Ian S. Palmer

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers head to Cincinnati to face off against the Bengals in an important AFC North showdown this Sunday, December 13 at Paul Brown Stadium. There’s still a race on for the top spot in the division as the Bengals enter the game in top spot with a record of 10-2 while the Steelers sit behind them at 7-5. The Bengals are coming off of a 37-3 beating over the Cleveland Browns in week 13 while the Steelers took down the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 45-10. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh met each other on November 1 in Pittsburgh with the Bengals leaving town with a 16-10 victory.

    Steelers vs Bengals – BOOKMAKER NFL BETTING LINE:

    • BookMaker currently lists the Bengals at -3 at -120 with the Steelers +3 at Even and the over/under at 49.5 points at -110 each
    • BookMaker Money Line – Steelers +125, Bengals -145


    Steelers vs Bengals – Betting Trends:

    Pittsburgh Steelers:

    • Season record: 7-5 straight up, 6-4-2 against the spread
    • Pittsburgh is 2-4 against the spread in their last 6 games
    • Pittsburgh is 15-8 straight up in their last 23 games
    • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games

    Cincinnati Bengals:

    • Season record: 10-2 straight up, 10-1-1 against the spread
    • Cincinnati is 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games
    • Cincinnati is 10-2 straight up in their last 12 games
    • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games

    Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a fine game against the Colts last Sunday night as he threw four touchdown passes and gained 364 yards in the air. The rest of the team’s offense was also in high gear as a trip of Steelers chipped in with gains of at least 100 yards. Wide receiver Antonio Brown scored a pair of touchdowns and gained 118 yards on eight catches while fellow receiver Martavis Bryant had five receptions for 114 yards and chipped in with a touchdown. Running back DeAngelo Williams posted a total of 165 yards by rushing for 134 of them and making five catches for the other 31 yards.

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    The Pittsburgh defense played up to par as well as it picked off Colts’ quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on two occasions. Hasselbeck suffered his first loss of the season in the game after going 4-0 and his interceptions doubled from two to four. The Steelers’ have now picked off opposing quarterbacks 14 times this season which ranks fourth-best in the league. If the Steelers can combine their power offense with their solid defense then they should have a decent shot at beating the Bengals this weekend. Pittsburgh may have lost to Cincinnati in November, but that was just their first loss to the Bengals in their past four meetings. The Steelers are also 3-1 against the spread in those contests.

    This s the second time in club history that the Bengals have gone 10-2. Quarterback Andy Dalton passed for just 220 yards against the Browns last week as he went 14 for 19 and completed a pair of touchdown passes. He also helped out on the ground by running in a touchdown. A.J. Green helped out by scoring a touchdown and gaining 128 yards on five receptions while running backs Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill teamed up for a touchdown and 124 yards on the ground. Tight end Tyler Eifert, who has a dozen touchdowns t lead the league, missed the game with a neck problem, but could be back on Sunday.

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    The Bengals’ defense chipped in with three sacks and held Cleveland to a lone field goal. Cincinnati now has the best defense in the league when it comes to conceding points as they allow just 17.5 against on average per game. Cincinnati can clinch a postseason spot for the fifth straight year if they manage to beat the Steelers this weekend and damage Pittsburgh’s playoff chances at the same time. It may be a touch task to complete though since the Steelers have won four of their past five visits to Cincinnati.

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