Monday Night Football: Week 2
Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals are favored by a touchdown at the sportsbooks for Monday Night Football this week, but if head-to-head history repeats itself, this will be a Pittsburgh Steeler win.
The Bengals take on Ben Roethlisberger and the division-rival Steelers in a game between AFC North teams that were both tagged with a loss in Week 1. But Cincy's home record against the Steelers (1-11 going back 12 seasons) has been a money sucker for Bengal bettors.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati - Paul Brown Stadium, 8:30pm ET
The Bengals came up just short in Week 1 on the road against the Chicago Bears, falling 24-21 as a 3-point underdog on the NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Cincinnati QB Dalton went 26 of 33 for 282 yards passing in that defeat, with two touchdown strikes and two interceptions on the day.
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The Steelers, meanwhile, fell 16-9 at home to the Tennessee Titans as a 6-point NFL betting favorite in Week 1, with QB Roethlisberger going just 21 of 33 for 191 yards passing with one touchdown strike and one interception. LaRod Stephens-Hawking led Pittsburgh on the ground with only 19 rushing yards on six carries in that loss.
Last season the Steelers and Bengals split their two meetings 1-1 both SU and ATS, with Pittsburgh winning 24-17 as a 1-point favorite in Cincinnati, and Cincinnati winning 13-10 as a 3-point underdog in Pittsburgh. Both of those games were UNDER results for totals bettors.
Overall, though, the Steelers hold the commanding edge on the NFL betting trends at 7-3 both SU and ATS in their past 10 games against the Bengals dating back to 2008, with the OVER/UNDER going 5-5 in those 10 contests. The UNDER is 4-1 in the last five games between the AFC North teams.
At Bovada the Bengals are listed as 7-point home favorites for Monday's primetime matchup, with the OVER/UNDER for the game at 41 points. Cincinnati is also sitting at -275 on the moneyline for the game, with Pittsburgh the +235 road underdog on the night.
Pittsburgh's injury report for Monday is:
Cortez Allen CB Out Week 2 (ankle)
Le'Veon Bell RB Out Week 2 (foot)
Heath Miller TE Out Week 2 (knee)
Curtis Brown CB Doubtful Week 2 (illness)
Steve McLendon DT Probable Week 2 (hamstring)
Shaun Suisham K Probable Week 2 (left hamstring)
Cincinnati's injury report for Monday is:
Brandon Ghee CB Out Week 2 (concussion)
Mike Pollak G Out Week 2 (knee)
Jeromy Miles S Doubtful Week 2 (hamstring)
Vontaze Burfict LB Probable Week 2 (thigh)
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