AFC North rivalry resumes: Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a season to forget, and although not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the postseason is probably not happening for the Steelers for a second consecutive season. But that doesn’t mean the Steelers can’t ruin the hopes of a two-seed for their rival, Cincinnati Bengals. Add to boot the playoffs are still a slim possibility, the Steelers will want to continue to fight in the hopes of reaching the NFL’s postseason.
All of this sets up perfectly for hard-fought, low scoring, cold game in Pittsburgh. The last meeting these two teams had earlier in the season in Cincinnati, the final score was 20-10. According to the lines at SportsBettingOnline.ag the over/under for total points scored is set at 41. So this could be a great opportunity to win some cash on a great divisional game between two long time rivals.
Another reason to bet the under is the Steelers passing defense – which is actually very solid. They rank 7th in the NFL giving up 221 yards a game to opposing quarterbacks. One of the Bengals biggest strengths is their passing attack that features Andy Dalton hooking up with A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert and dynamic running back, Giovani Bernard. Depending on the conditions, this could be a game that is tough for the skill players to make huge plays. Anytime there is a football game at Heinz Field in December, there is a good chance for that happening.
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 17 Cincinnati Bengals 16