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Monday Night Football Betting Preview: Steelers Have Won 10 Straight Prime-Time Games

Every NFL fan knows there’s no love lost when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals get together, but my sources are telling me the bad blood between the AFC North rivals is at an all-time high ahead of the Week 13 edition of Monday Night Football. You heard it here first, folks. What a time to be alive.

MyBookie opened the Steelers as 5.5-point road favorites with a total of 43.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Steelers’ last four games against the Bengals.
  • The Steelers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in Week 13.
  • The Bengals are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after consecutive ATS wins.

This series has been incredibly one-sided of late, as the Steelers have won the past five meetings between the clubs, including the playoffs. In fact, Cincinnati hasn’t beaten Pittsburgh at home since December 2014.

The Steelers and Bengals collided in Week 7 which resulted in a 29-14 setback for Cincy. The Bengals were down 20-14 at the half but didn’t score again, with Andy Dalton and company only mustering 19 total yards of offense in the final two quarters. Dalton was picked off twice and sacked four times in the loss.

Pittsburgh remains the No. 1 seed in the AFC but narrowly edged a struggling Green Bay Packers team in Week 12 thanks to a 53-yard field goal with no time remaining that gave the Steelers a 31-28 win. While the triumph was nice for moneyline bettors, the Steelers didn’t even come close to covering the -14 spread.

Cincinnati’s wild-card hopes are alive thanks to a 30-16 victory over the hapless Cleveland Browns last weekend, and a win over Pittsburgh would be massive for their playoff push. Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon paced the Bengals in the win with 114 yards on the ground.

UNDER bettors love seeing the Steelers and Bengals get together, as three of the last four meetings between the rivals have gone below the closing total. Pittsburgh has been excellent at night, going 10-0 SU in its last 10 prime-time games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers in this one found them as 6.5-point favorites earlier in the week, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 43 at shops such as Bovada.

OddsShark computer NFL score prediction models picked a possible 28-15 win for the Steelers on Monday. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cincinnati Bengals sit at 5-6 (6-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Pittsburgh Steelers are currently 9-2 (6-5 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Cincinnati is 5-5-1 OU, and Pittsburgh is 3-8 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 17 (Cincinnati Bengals) and the No. 6 (Pittsburgh Steelers) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Cincinnati's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 18.09 PPG, against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 4 this week at 17.55 PPG. The Bengals aerial game is averaging 198.64 yards per game, more than the Steelers secondary allows through the air, 193.36 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Steelers own the league's No. 4-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 88.17 yards per game when on the road. Cincinnati, on the other hand, rates No. 27 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Ben Roethlisberger dusted the Packers secondary for 4 TDs last time out as the Steelers defeated Green Bay 31-28 at Heinz Field.

Joe Mixon ran through the Cleveland defense for 114 yards in Cincinnati's last game, handing the Browns a 30-16 setback on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games
  • Pittsburgh is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games
  • Cincinnati is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Baltimore, Sunday, December 10
Cincinnati home to Chicago, Sunday, December 10