Steelers Vs Bengals Spread, ATS Pick & TV Info

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Steelers Vs Bengals Spread, ATS Pick & TV Info

Two heated rivals that were expected to battle for the AFC North crown will face-off when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday. The Week 15 NFL Pittsburgh versus Cincinnati betting spread favors the Steelers by a FG. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 18 at 1:00 PM ET on CBS from the Paul Brown Stadium, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Cincinnati Bengals Spread & ATS Pick

What: Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1)
When: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET  
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
Spread: Steelers -3
Moneyline: Pittsburgh -175 vs Cincinnati +155
Game Total: 44
Watch: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh

Why Bet The Pittsburgh Steelers To Beat The Bengals

The Steelers sit atop the AFC North division with an 8-5 SU and ATS record. A month ago, they were floundering amid a three-game losing streak, Mike Tomlin’s job was in jeopardy and there was serious talk about missing the playoffs. After a four-game win streak that featured a heavy dose of Le’Veon Bell all is well for those waving the Terrible Towel in the Steel City. Pittsburgh averages 24.2 points per game (12th) and allow 19.6 points per game (9th).

Pittsburgh averages 261.2 passing yards per game (8th). QB Ben Roethlisberger (3254 yards, 25 TDs & 11 INTs) struggled against the Bills last week, completing 17 of 31 passes for 220 yards. He was intercepted three times. WR Antonio Brown (93 rec, 1130 yards, 11 TDs) had five receptions for 78 yards last week.

Pittsburgh turned its season around when the Tomlin and co realized RB Le’Veon Bell (218 car, 1053 yards, 6 TDs) could take pressure off quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and shoulder the offensive load. The Steelers average 112.9 rushing yards per game (9th). Bell had a career game last week, rushing for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries.

“It’s December football,” Bell said. “We understand everybody is fighting for position. We just want to get the job done. That’s all there is to it.”

In the past four games that coincided with the Steelers becoming a serious contender again, Bell has averaged nearly 30 carries and 115 rushing yards. There’s nothing more valuable than a workhorse running back in wintry conditions.

Pittsburgh has the 11th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They give up 253.0 passing yards per game (21st) and 90.1 rushing yards per game (4th). Lawrence Timmons has 90 tackles and James Harrison 5.0 sacks.

Why Bet The Cincinnati Bengals To Beat The Steelers

The Bengals have won two in a row, including a 23-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns last week. And they won both those games without All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green, who was out with a hamstring injury. Green could return against the Steelers but was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. On Wednesday, he took part in practice for the first time in 24 days. Cincinnati is5-7-1 SU and 4-8-1 ATS this season. They average 20.5 points per game (23rd) and allow 20.7 points per game (11th).

Cincinnati averages 256.5 passing yards per game (11th). QB Andy Dalton (3555 yards, 16 TDs & 6 INTs) has thrown four touchdowns with zero picks in the last two wins. WR Brandon LaFell (44 rec. 574 yards, 5 TDs) is the number option with WR AJ Green (66 rec, 964 yards, 4 TDs) sidelined.

The Bengals average 114.6 rushing yards per game (8th). RB Jeremy Hill (195 car, 788 yards, 8 TDs) had his second-best game of the season for 111 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries last week.

The Bengals have the 20th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 238.0 passing yards per game (12th) and 119.1 rushing yards per game (25th).

If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:

  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati is 4-9-2 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Cincinnati is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games

Steelers Vs Bengals ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction

The Steelers have always been a widely popular public pick, this week is no different. Pittsburgh has rewarded backers lately with four straight covers and 8-5 ATS on the season. The Bengals have underperformed at 5-7-1 SU and 4-8-1 ATS despite two straight covers.

Sharp money is split on this game. The smart money play is the Bengals +3, but shop for +3.5, if you don’t already have it.

My final score prediction is Pittsburgh 21, Cincinnati 19.