The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to host the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST at Heinz Field and will be televised locally on CBS. Oddsmakers have the Steelers as a 3-point home favorite with a total at 48.5 points. Get more Week 2 NFL spreads and betting advice by clicking the link.
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There’s no love lost for these two AFC North rivals. We all saw that first hand in last year’s playoff game. Cincinnati imploded in a 16-18 home loss. This came after the two teams split there regular season series.
Both were able to leave Week 1 with a victory. The Bengals went on the road and squeaked out a 23-22 win over the Jets. Pittsburgh didn’t have as much trouble, easily winning at Washington 38-16.
Free Betting Pick and Point Spread Prediction: Bengals +3
This is one that I will probably stay clear of, but I would lean towards taking the points if I had to pick a side. I know Pittsburgh is at home, but the road team has 3 straight and 4 of the last 5.
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I also think the line is screaming to take the Steelers, laying just a field goal at home. Anytime a line looks obvious in the NFL, it’s usually for a reason. As good as the Bengals have been in the regular season, they don’t get the respect they deserve because of their lack of success in the postseason. Pittsburgh on the other hand is getting all kinds of love right now. Even more so after their dominating win over the Redskins.
I would be cautious reading too much into that win over Washington. Sure the Redskins were a playoff team last year, but it was by default. Washington took advantage of a horrible division. Keep in mind they didn’t have a single win against a team with a winning record and lost big when they did play a good team. I was a lot more impressed with the Bengals win at New York, even though it came by just one point.
Pittsburgh’s offense is going to be one of the best in the league, but it’s tough to exploit a division foe. The Bengals have held them under 20 points in 2 of the last 3 meetings. The Steelers are also still without star running back Le’Veon Bell.
The other big factor here is the Bengals offense should be able to move the ball without much problem. Pittsburgh’s defense isn’t an elite unit by any means. They have some key guys out right now and could be missing stud linebacker Ryan Shazier. Who is questionable after leaving the game against the Redskins with a knee injury.
Last week Andy Dalton completed 23 of 30 attempts for 366 yards against the Jets. That was against one of the best defenses in the league. He did so under constant pressure (7 sacks) and no running game (57 rushing yards).
Bengals are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 after rushing for less than 90 yards. They are also 9-2-2 ATS in their last 13 after a win, 6-0-1 ATS in last 7 in Week 2 and 9-0 ATS in last 9 road games.
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