Arguably the best game of the NFL week 2 betting slate will showcase a heated rivalry between two top NFL teams from the AFC North. It will be the Cincinnati Bengals visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, September 18 at 1 PM ET, from the Heinz Field, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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How To Bet The Cincinnati Bengals Vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 2 Odds
The NFL week 2 odds have the Steelers as 3.5-point favorites to beat the Bengals. If you want to bet the O/U the game total is 48. If you are betting the moneyline, the Bengals pay $155 on $100 and the Steelers pay $100 on $175
What: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
When: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Stadium: Heinz Field
Spread: Steelers -3.5
Moneyline: Cincinnati +155 at Pittsburgh -175
Game Total: 48
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati
Why Bet The Cincinnati Bengals To Beat The Steelers
The Bengals have turned into a top tier NFL team out of the highly competitive AFC North under head-coach Marvin Lewis. Combine a great defense with the Red Rifle, AJ Green, and a duo of dynamic rushers and this team could make a deep playoff run. After trailing the Jets heading into the second half, a 23-22 victory proved it.
They will look to make it two in a row when they hope to quell the Steelers powerful offense. That’s easier said than done. The Bengals D will will have to get to QB Ben Roethlisberger and force turnovers. Big Ben threw four interceptions against the Bengals in three games last season.
To keep pace with the Steelers offense the Bengals will need to throw deep to WRs AJ Green and Brandon LaFell. Green is coming off an unbelievable performance against the Jets where he lined up against Revis Island. The Bengals wideout torched CB Darrelle Revis, posting 180 yards, and one touchdown last Sunday.
Keep in mind the Bengals are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven Week 2 games, and 5-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Not to mention a 9-0 ATS record in their last nine road games.
Why Bet The Pittsburgh Steelers To Beat The Bengals
The chemistry between QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown is uncanny. Their 38-16 win over Washington saw the duo destroy a secondary that added stud CB Josh Norman. Ben threw for 300 yards, three touchdowns, with one interception. Brown had eight catches for 126 yards, and two touchdowns.
The Steelers are a team loaded with talent. They will throw deep long balls to playmakers who can run up the yards after the catch. The Bengals have had problems containing Antonio Brown in the past. Brown caught seven balls for 119 yards in last year’s playoff game versus the Bengals that saw the Steelers advance in the postseason. Without S Reggie Nelson, the Bengals will be in deep trouble. Nelson led the NFL with eight interceptions in 2015 but is now with the Oakland Raiders.
Consider Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last six games at home, 14-5-1 ATS in its last 20 games when playing Cincinnati, and 4-2 ATS in its last six games when playing at home against the Bengals.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Cincinnati is 12-3-3 ATS in its last 18 games
- Cincinnati is 2-2-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Cincinnati is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cincinnati’s last 12 games
- Cincinnati is 8-0-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
- Cincinnati is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cincinnati’s last 16 games on the road
- Cincinnati is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Cincinnati is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
- Pittsburgh is 14-5-1 ATS in its last 20 games when playing Cincinnati
- Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I loved what I saw from the Steelers on Monday Night. To beat them teams will have to outscore them, and there are not many teams that can do so. The Bengals are not one of them.
My final score prediction is Cincinnati 24, Pittsburgh 28.