Monday Night Football Betting – Steelers Try To Rebound From Loss Against Bengals
The Pittsburgh Steelers played the New Orleans Saints close, but didn’t win. Now, the co-leaders of the AFC North will try to get back on the beam against in-division rival Cincinnati.
Everything was going so well for the Pittsburgh Steelers last week inside the Louisiana Superdome. The AFC’s most successful franchise over the past six seasons had just produced a bold defensive stand and trailed the defending champion New Orleans Saints by only three points, 13-10.
Monday Night NFL Betting – Steelers at Bengals
Date: Monday November 8th, 2010
Venue: Paul Brown Stadium
Odds: Steelers -5, Bengals +5
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Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger then hit tight end Heath Miller for a gain of over 25 yards into New Orleans territory.
However, Miller fumbled the ball, the Saints recovered, and all the good things the Steelers had done were suddenly rendered irrelevant. Pittsburgh absorbed a 20-10 loss, and now this team has to stay on the road to play another nationally-televised game.
How Can Pittsburgh Win?
For Pittsburgh, the key will be to establish the running game, which never really got going against New Orleans. Pittsburgh likes to employ a muscular style of football, and the key about the ground game for the Steelers is that it keeps their elite defense fresh and rested.
Sure, Roethlisberger likes to gun the ball down the field, but since this team doesn’t have the playmaking ability of Santonio Holmes (now with the New York Jets after a tumultuous offseason), it needs to be able to run the ball between the tackles and shorten games for its defense.
This is old-fashioned power football, and the Steelers would love to be able to put it into practice against a hated rival that swept Pittsburgh last year in the two-game season series. If Pittsburgh puts its defense in good positions to succeed, the Bengals will be in huge trouble.
How Can Cincinnati Win?
It’s been painful yet undeniable to acknowledge that Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer, bothered by a hip injury, is just not the same player he used to be.
In a career dogged by injuries, Palmer simply isn’t playing like his former All-Pro self. Palmer’s late-game interception doomed his team to an embarrassing home loss against Tampa Bay, and last week, he hit just 17-of-38 passes in a dreary 22-14 home-field loss against Miami.
Palmer did throw a touchdown pass to receiver Terrell Owens, but that pass ricocheted off a Miami defender and frankly should have been intercepted. Palmer needs to put together a strong game and banish the notion that he can’t play at an elevated level. Cincinnati must have a top-flight Carson Palmer to get back into the AFC North race; without improvements under center, the Bengals have no chance.
The Pittsburgh defense will have Carson Palmer for dinner in this prime-time matchup. It’s hard to see how Cincinnati can possibly score anything more than 17 points against the Steelers.
As long as Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates don’t turn the ball over, Pittsburgh should cover the number on the road.
Monday Night Football Trends:
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 9 games
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Pittsburgh is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Pick: Steelers -5
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