The Cincinnati Bengals will try to break out of a six-year slump against the Pittsburgh Steelers when they host their division rival this Sunday night at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals are just 2-9 SU and ATS in their last 11 games against Pittsburgh.
Home field has meant nothing to Cincinnati when facing Pittsburgh over the last decade with a 1-10 SU and 1-9-1 ATS mark at home against the Steelers. The total has gone OVER in four of Pittsburgh's last six games and in six of Cincinnati's last eight.
The Steelers, despite injuries on defense and in their backfield, remained 1-point favorites at Sportsbook.ag but the underdog line was a bit higher at for those looking to bet on the Bengals.
The total was sitting around 45 at BetOnline, possibly low considering the Steelers may be throwing the ball all day.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 18-rated Bengals and the No. 7-rated Steelers in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 25-22 win for the Steelers on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cincinnati's No. 13-ranked offense (24.8 PPG) against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 17 at 23 PPG. The Bengals passing attack has averaged 282.8 yards per game, more than the Steelers give up through the air (200.8 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Steelers own the league's No. 13-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 102.3 yards per game when on the road. Cincinnati, on the other hand, rates No. 26 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
The Steelers were a 26-23 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Titans. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (49) made winners of OVER bettors. Ben Roethlisberger handled the Titans defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 363 yards and 1 scores, but Pittsburgh still lost to Tennessee 26-23.
The Bengals were a 34-24 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Browns. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (58) made winners of OVER bettors. Andy Dalton beat the Browns secondary for 3 TDs last time out, but the Bengals lost to Cleveland 34-24 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the division are 8-2
Cincinnati Bengals Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on turf are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the division are 3-7
A few Steelers at Bengals trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Pittsburgh is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 8 games
Cincinnati is 3-9-3 ATS in its last 15 games
Pittsburgh home to Washington, Sunday, October 28
Cincinnati home to Denver, Sunday, November 4