Free Week 3 Prediction: Bengals vs Steelers NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Week 3
(1-1) Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
Date: Sunday, September 26th
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NFL Week 3 ATS Betting Lines: Pittsburgh -3.5
NFL Week 3 Moneyline Odds: Cincinnati +165, Pittsburgh -185
NFL Week 3 NFL Betting Total: O/U 43.5
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Both teams come into Week 3 at 1-1. The Bengals beat the Vikings in OT Week 1 and lost to the Bears by 3 in Week 2. The Steelers beat the Bills by 7 in Week 1 and lost to the Raiders by 9 in Week 2.
The Bengals are ranked by Football Outsiders as 21st in the league through two weeks, while the Steelers are ranked 15th. Both teams are about where they were expected before the season started, besides the Steelers looking a little better than predicted.
Cincinnati was involved in two close games so far, but they played a much better game in Week 1 in what seemed like the tougher of the two opponents. Joe Burrow had 2 TDs and 3 INTs, but he didn’t have a terrible game overall.
The Bengals receivers Chase and Higgins both scored TDs, but Boyd had the better game overall with 7 catches for 73 yards. The three interceptions killed the game for Cincinnati, one being a pick six.
Cincinnati ended with more yards than the Bears. It was really only the interceptions that won the Bears the game; they weren’t able to do much on offense besides that and still only won by a field goal.
Through two games the regular season win total dropped from 6.5 to 5.5. This might have been a bit of an overreaction to losing to the Bears last week.
There are some good trends in the Bengals’ favor this week. Conference underdogs early in the season typically do well, as do short underdogs in divisional games.
The Steelers played games against two tough opponents so far, especially considering the Raiders look better this year and are 2-0. They won one and lost one, both by 7+ points, so we will see how they look against a weaker opponent to determine if they are a good 1-1 or a bad 1-1.
Pittsburgh has had no success running the ball through two weeks but have a great run defense. Therefore, there should be a lot of passing happening in Steelers games if this trend continues. They were lit up by the Raiders last game through the air, which ultimately cost them the game.
It doesn’t help that they might be without T.J. Watt after he was injured last game. Rothlisberger and linebacker Highsmith are both on the injured list that continues to grow.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Bengals are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games in Week 3.
- Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
- Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite.
- Steelers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing 250+ passing yards.
- The Over is 6-1 in the last 7 CIN games after allowing less than 150 passing yards.
- The Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 PIT games as a home favorite.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals +3.5
The Bengals are the bet in this matchup. Conference underdogs after a bad season generally cover early in the next season. Burrow should throw less interceptions this game and take advantage of this injured Steelers defense. That, and Big Ben might not be playing or 100% if he does.
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