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Steelers can control AFC North with win over Bengals

Are the Pittsburgh Steelers schizophrenic? In Week 4, they show a winning personality by stomping the Ravens in Baltimore. The next week they completely fall apart and lose handily at home against Jacksonville. By knocking around Kansas City last Sunday, they might be coming back to reality and will look to crush the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7.

Shark Bites
  • AJ Green has scored a receiving TD in 3 straight games.
  • Pittsburgh is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games.
  • Cincinnati and Pittsburgh rank 1 and 2 in passing defense in the NFL.

While Cincinnati has won its last two games against AFC bottom-feeders in Cleveland and Buffalo, the Bengals’ record against the Steelers is garbage — 1-7 SU and 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games. The Bengals also don’t keep winning streaks alive as they’re 2-7-1 SU in their last 10 games after a win. The Steelers will continue to right the ship with their power-running game as Le’Veon Bell is averaging just under 25 carries per game in his last five.

Don’t expect a ton of scoring in this slobber-knocker. The total has gone UNDER in five of the last six games in this matchup. The Bengals don’t inspire a lot of confidence either as they’ve gone UNDER in eight of their last nine games. Expect this to be a chippy contest with more turnovers than a bakery.

Also, don’t put too much stock into the Steelers’ loss at home against Jacksonville. In October, the Steelers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games at home so they might be starting to hit their stride.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Cincinnati Bengals in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier in the week, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 41 at shops such as Bovada.

A 24-13 result in favor of the Steelers was the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Pittsburgh brings a 4-2 record (3-3 ATS) to the Week 7 betting matchup against the 2-3 Cincinnati Bengals, who are 3-2 against the spread. OVER/UNDER betting has seen Pittsburgh go 0-6 so far and the Bengals go 1-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 9 (Pittsburgh Steelers) and the No. 6 (Cincinnati Bengals) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 19.67 PPG, against a Bengals defense that ranks No. 2 this week at 16.6 PPG. The Steelers aerial game is averaging 242.33 yards per game, more than the Bengals secondary allows through the air, 159.6 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cincinnati Bengals own the league's No. 1-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 54.5 yards per game when on the road. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 24 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In Cincinnati's last outing, Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards to lead the Bengals over Buffalo 20-16 at Paul Brown Stadium.

In their last game, Pittsburgh got a 179-yard performance from Le'Veon Bell as a key part of its 19-13 win over Kansas City.

Betting Trends
  • Cincinnati is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cincinnati's last 9 games
  • Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Cincinnati home to Indianapolis, Sunday, October 29
Pittsburgh at Detroit, Sunday, October 29