In a doozy of a late season AFC North divisional rivalry game full of playoff implications will take to the field at the Paul Brown Stadium in Ohio when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game kicks-off on CBS this Sunday at 1:00 PM PM ET. With the Bengals one win away from snatching back the AFC North crown after losing it in last year’s finale at Pittsburgh, which side should you bet on this week? Keep reading for answers to that question and many more.
How To Bet The Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 14 Line
The NFL week 14 betting spread opened with the Bengals as 3-point favorites to beat the Steelers. Since then the spread has dropped to 2.5 in favor of Cinci. The game total opened at 49.5 and settled at 47. The money line pays +125 for a Steeler win and -145 for a Bengals victory.
What: Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (10-2)
When: Sunday, December 13, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
Weather: 60° F | Light Rain
Spread: Bengals -2.5
Moneyline: Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati
Game Total: 47
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati
Why Bet The Pittsburgh Steelers To Beat The Bengals Odds at +2.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-5 straight up and 6-4-2 against the spread this season. They average 25.9 points (6th), 286.0 passing yards (5th) and 123.1 rushing yards (6th) per game. Last week, they opened a can of whoop-ass of the un-LUCKy Colts, beating them by a 45-10 score.
QB Ben Roethlisberger (2707 yards, 15 TDs & 9 INTs) has bounced back from injury after injury this season to show the nation why he’s a top five QB in the league. He completed 24 of his 39 passes for 364 yards, and four touchdowns last week. With Big Ben under center the Steelers are never out of a game no matter the score or time left in the game.
“It’s going to be hard to have much more than a divisional opponent in their place who’s arguably the best team in football,” Roethlisberger said in the press conference after practice. “I’ve got to believe at least coming from me it’s already going to be as competitive as it gets.”
Against Indianapolis, WR Antonio Brown (93 rec, 1310 yards, 7 TDs) became just the seventh player since 1970 with two receiving touchdowns and a punt return for a score in the same game. He was also fined $11,576 for Sunday’s goalpost celebration. WR Martavis Bryant (31 rec, 623 yards, 6 TDs) and Markus Wheaton (28 rec, 524 yards, 3 TDs) round out the most dangerous trio of wide receivers in the league. Bar none.
Aging rusher DeAngelo Williams (141 att, 697 yards, 6 TDs) is stunning the league by averaging 4.9 yards per carry this season after filling in for Le’Veon Bell. Williams have more than just a replacement tailback in this offense; he’s a danger every time he touches the football.
Pittsburgh’s defense allows 20.0 points (7th), 276.0 passing yards (29th) and 90.3 rushing yards (6th) per game. Lawrence Timmons has 88 tackles, Cameron Heyward has 5.0 sacks, and Mike Mitchell has three interceptions.
Why Bet The Cincinnati Bengals To Beat The Steelers Odds at -2.5
The Cincinnati Bengals are 10-2 straight up and 10-1-1 against the spread this season. They average 27.8 points (4th), 257.9 passing yards (12th) and 118.3 rushing yards (9th) per game. Last week, they crushed the Browns by a 37-3 score.
QB Andy Dalton (3191 yards, 25 TDs & 6 INTs) has finally overcome his stumbles of previous seasons and is on track to lead the Bengals to the AFC crown and first week bye. Can he keep his mistake-free football going against the Steelers?
Dalton is finally taking full advantage of this weapons. WR A.J. Green (70 rec, 1037 yards, 7 TDs) has scored three touchdowns in the last two games. TE Tyler Eifert (46 rec, 522 yards, 12 TDs) leads all tight ends with TDs. WR Marvin Jones (47 rec, 595 yards, 4 TDs) is quietly becoming a reliable target for the Red Rifle.
— Tyler Eifert (@EiferTy85) diciembre 9, 2015
The Bengals’ rush attack has been a rollercoaster. On paper their duo of RB Giovani Bernard (120 att, 607 yards, 2 TDs) and Jeremy Hill (162 att, 588 yards, 8 TDs) are deadly, but neither has put together a complete game this season. Last week, they combined for 144 rushing yards against the Browns,
Cincinnati’s defense allows 16.3 points (1st), 240.0 passing yards (13th), 97.2 rushing yards (9th) per game. Vincent Rey has 88 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has 9.5 sacks and Dre Kirkpatrick has 12 deflected passes.
Team Records Since Last Season:
The Cincinnati Bengals have been better against the spread going 18-10, +700, while the Steelers are 15-12 against the spread. In head-to-head matchups, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-1 ATS. Head-to-head matchups have skewed under (2 under, 1 over).
12/7/2014: Pittsburgh won 41 to 21, Pittsburgh covered +3, Game went over 47.5
12/28/2014: Pittsburgh won 27 to 17, Pittsburgh covered -3.5, Game came under 48
11/1/2015: Cincinnati won 16 to 10, Cincinnati covered PK, Game came under 49
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction:
After losing twice to Pittsburgh last year, including 27-17 in the regular-season finale to cost the team the division title, Cincinnati has a great opportunity to turn the tables and clinch the AFC North at home. The Bengals are just 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 home games versus the Steelers, who routed them 42-21 as three-point road underdogs last year en route to a sweep of the season series.
The Bengals have beat the Steelers already this year. Showing the nation that they can pace with the Steelers. I expect this to be a high-scoring game with the team who has the last possession winning.
My final score prediction is Pittsburgh 27, Cincinnati 30.