In NFL week 8’s other big game it will be two hated AFC North rivals facing off from Heinz Field at 1:00 PM ET this Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals look to improve to their first 7-0 start in team history, while the Pittsburgh Steelers will try to cut into the Bengals’ divisional lead.
The NFL week 8 line favors the visiting Bengals by 1-point to beat the Steelers. Red-hot Cincinnati might be the smart bet with QBs Michael Vick out and Ben Roethlisberger a game-time decision after suffering a sprained left knee and bruised leg in the third quarter of a 12-6 win at St. Louis on Sept. 27th.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 8 Betting Line & My Predictions
What: Cincinnati Bengals (6-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
When: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Stadium: Heinz Field
Weather: 59° F | Light Rain
Spread: Bengals -1.5
Moneyline: Cincinnati -125 vs Pittsburgh +105
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati
If You Are Betting On The Cincinnati Bengals At -1.5
The Cincinnati Bengals are 6-0 straight up and 5-0-1 against the spread so far this season. They average 30.3 points (3rd), 288.2 passing yards (5th), 122.2 rushing yards (12th) per game. They are coming off of a bye week which was preceded by a 32-21 road victory over the Bills.
Much of the Bengals success has to be credited to QB Andy Dalton’s sudden found poise. The Red Rifle is having a career year, throwing 1761 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 67.4% of his passes. Dalton has the league’s top passer rating at 116.7.
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) October 29, 2015
Dalton’s top target is pro-bowl WR AJ Green (35 rec, 531 yards, 3 TDs) followed by TE Tyler Eifert (28 rec, 342 yards, 6 TDs) who is a dream red-zone target. WR Marvin Jones (24 rec, 321 yards, 3 TDs) has had an increasing role in the offense each week and thrives when Green and/or Eifert are double-teamed.
RB Jeremy Hill (74 att, 232 yards, 5 TDs) and Giovani Bernard (77 att, 427 yards, 2 TDs) have split carries all season. Hill had 100 yards on 23 carries in a 27-17 loss in the most recent meeting at Heinz Field on Dec. 28th, 2014.
Cincinnati’s defense allows 20.3 points (11th), 262.0 passing yards (21st) and 109.2 rushing yards per game. Vincent Rey leads the team with 57 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has 6.5 sacks, and Adam Jones has six passes deflected.
If You Are Betting On The Pittsburgh Steelers At +1.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-3 straight up and 4-1-2 against the spread so far this season. They average 22.6 (18th), 221.0 passing yards (26th), and 127.1 rushing yards (9th). They lost 23-13 in their week 7 visit to Kansas City and have treaded water since losing Big Ben in week 3.
QB Ben Roethlisberger (912 yards, 4 TDs & 2) is slated to return to action after full particpating in practice this week. This will be the first time Big Ben will have a full complement of weapons surround him.
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WR Antonio Brown (43 rec, 671 yards, 2 TDs) will be happy with Big Ben back under center. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since his QB was lost. Martavis Bryant (9 rec, 182 yards, 3 TDs) returned from his suspension while Big Ben was sidelined. Markus Wheaton (12 rec, 252 yards, 1 TD) is also in the mix.
RB Le’Veon Bell (103 att, 511 yards, 3 TDs) is averaging 5.0 yards per carry since his return to action in week 3. He posted posted his third 100-yard rushing effort in four games last weekend. He finished with 185 and two touchdowns in the first matchup last season before getting held to 20 on eight carries at home.
The Pittsburgh defense is allowing 18.7 points (7th), 277.0 passing yards (27th), and 99.7 rushing yards (8th) per game. Lawrence Timmons leads the team with 54 tackles; Stephon Tuitt has 3.5 sacks, and Antwon Blake has six passes deflected.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Pittsburgh Steelers 7-4-1 At Home since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 3-1-2 As Underdog or PK this season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 7-3-2 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 3-0-1 As Home Underdog since last season
- Cincinnati Bengals 4-8 O-U On Road since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 1-2 O-U At Home this season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 1-2 O-U When Line is 45 to 48 this season
- Cincinnati Bengals 2-4 O-U When Line was 46.5 to 49.5 since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 3-6 O-U When Line was 46.5 to 49.5 since last season
The Bengals are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win, 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win, and 5-0 ATS in their last five vs. AFC.
The Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 10-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC.
My NFL Week 8 Betting Picks: Bengals -1.5.
PLAYERS OUT OR DOUBTFUL:
- Cincinnati: Vontaze Burfict, Sean Porter.
- Pittsburgh: Michael Vick