Monday Night Football Betting

Riding a four-game skid both SU and ATS, do the Bengals have a chance of snapping that streak Monday when they host division-rival Pittsburgh as a 5-point underdog?

The Bengals' disappointing season continued last week as they dropped to 2-5 after losing to Miami 22-14 as a 1-point home underdog. The Bengals led 14-6 in the second quarter, but their offense stalled the rest of the way and didn't put another point on the board.

Carson Palmer passed for 156 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while the Cincinnati running game never found its footing behind Cedric Benson's 69 yards on 20 carries. Terrell Owens had a pair of touchdowns receptions while catching five passes for 65 yards, and Chad Ochocinco was a non-factor with three receptions for 34 yards.

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The Steelers are also coming off a loss after falling to New Orleans 20-10 as a 1-point underdog last week. Pittsburgh had trouble moving the ball last week, as Ben Roethlisberger was held to 195 passing yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Rashard Mendenhall scored Pittsburgh's lone touchdown while rushing for 71 yards on 15 carries. [ Monday Night Football Matchup Report ]

Last season the Steelers faced the Bengals twice as the favorite and both times came away with an upset loss. In Pittsburgh the Steelers lost 18-12 as a 7-point favorite and in Cincinnati the Steelers were a 3.5-point favorite but lost 23-20. Before last season's back-to-back losses Pittsburgh had won five straight versus the Bengals while also going 5-0 ATS.

Also before last season's loss in Cincinnati the Steelers had an impressive streak going when they visited the Bengals. In their last nine games at Cincinnati the Steelers were a near-perfect 8-1 SU and 7-1-1 ATS. It hasn't mattered who has dropped in on the Bengals lately, as they've been a loser for bettors in Cincinnati a lot; in their last seven at home the Bengals are 1-6 ATS.

The Steelers may have tanked against the Bengals last season, but don't expect a repeat of that Monday night. The Steelers have a clear edge on defense tonight and that's bad news for Palmer and Benson. Look for Benson to have one of his worst games of the season versus the Steelers' top-ranked run defense.

While the Steelers' defense looks primed to remain among the league's top units, the Bengals' defense has been struck down by injuries. DE Jonathan Fanene (hamstring) is out this week, while DT Tank Johnson (knee), LB  Roddrick Muckelroy (ankle), LB Keith Rivers (foot), and DE Frostee Rucker (knee) are all questionable. Take the Steelers to cover if you want to cash in on Monday night.

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