Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Point Spread Pick
Point Spread Line: Steelers -3.5
Moneyline: Cincinnati +165 / Pittsburgh -175
Time: 8:30 PM EST Sunday December 28, 2014 on NBC
Cincinnati Bengals (10-4-1) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5)
The winner of this game will win the AFC North, but both of these teams have already qualified for the playoffs. If the Bengals win they can clinch a bye in the first round of the playoffs, but they will need the Broncos and Colts to lose.
Earlier this season in Cincinnati the Bengals' defense failed to show up and they were creamed losing 42-21. This time around they are the 3.5-point betting underdog on the road.
The Bengals have won 4 of their last 5 games, the lone loss coming against the Steelers, and Pittsburgh has won 3 straight.
In their last games the Bengals beat the Denver Broncos 37-28 and the Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 20-12.
The Bengals are 8-6-1 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 6-9 and the Steelers are 8-7 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 9-6.
On the season the Steelers are 5-2 at home and the Bengals are 5-2 on the road.
Ben Roethlisberger has quietly put up a great season and it is hard to believe, but the Steelers have the league's 2nd ranked passing offense. Big Ben lit up the Bengals and their 16th ranked passing defense a few weeks back to the tune of 350 yards with 3 TD and 0 INT. One player the Bengals really have to worry about is WR Antonio Brown, who leads the league in receiving yards.
The Cincy secondary will have to play well in this game and they cannot count on their pass rush, which has the fewest sacks in the league and had 0 in the first match up with the Steelers. Cincy did give
Big Ben is not doing it all, as Pittsburgh RB Le'Veon Bell ranks 2nd in the league in rushing yards and he lit up the Bengals and their 27th ranked run defense going for 185 yards a few weeks ago.
Andy Dalton has not had the best season and even though the Bengals have won 2 straight he has had not had big games. Even in the win over the Broncos he only had 146 passing yards, but did have 2 TD and 1 INT. Lead WR A.J. Green is injured, but will play in this game and he and Mohamed Sanu have combined for over 1,700 yards on the season
Rookie Jeremy Hill has lit it up in the last 2 weeks rushing for 148 yards and 147 yards in the last 2 games respectively.
The Pittsburgh run defense ranks a solid 6th in the league, but their pass defense only ranks 27th.
Pittsburgh: 10-5 SU 8-7 ATS
The Bengals are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game, and they have an Under record of 5-0 in their last 5 road games.
The Steelers are 7-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, and they have an Over record of 6-1 in their last 7 home games.
The Steelers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games against the Bengals.
Free Against the Spread Pick
We're aware that the Bengals have played better on the road this season, but they're on a short week coming off of a big game. The edge here goes to the Steelers who have the superior offense and are getting healthier on defense.
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