Free NFL Prediction: Bengals vs Steelers Odds
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(1-0) Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
Date: Sunday September 18th
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
ATS Betting Lines: Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5
NFL Moneyline Odds: Off
NFL Betting Total: 47.5
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The Bengals got their season off to a good start with a close road win over a key AFC opponent – it was one of several very close games of the opening weekend. Pittsburgh had a much easier time winning their game at Washington on Monday night.
The AFC North might not have a single great team but those division matches are slobberknockers.
Kick off is set for 1:00 PM ET with both teams looking to take control of the division as early as possible. Oddly, these teams split during the regular season last year with both teams winning on the road.
Pittsburgh knocked Cincy out of the playoffs in a heated affair.
The Bengals got a dramatic start to their season with a one point victory on the road over the Jets. They are poised to have another strong year but the reality is this team will be measured when the playoffs come around.
There was some concern coming into the season about the offense as they lost their secondary receivers over the offseason.
If that means that more balls are going to be heading to A.J. Green all season long I am sure the Bengals will take it. He had an awesome start to the season against Darrelle Revis, who clearly has lost a step.
Running the ball was tougher but that was to be expected.
The Jets might have the best defensive line in football.
It was a mixed performance for Cincinnati on defense in the opener.
They did give up a lot of rushing yards to the Jets but they were able to make it difficult for them to move the ball through the air.
The defense will get a lot more stout once they get LB Vontaze Burfict back from suspension for sure. Plus Pittsburgh will still be missing their top RB.
Though they had a slow first quarter once the Steelers got going they had no trouble dispatching the Redskins on Monday night, winning 38-16. The rattled off 24 straight points after getting down 6-0 early.
Without top running back Le’Veon Bell they had no trouble moving the ball on the ground – DeAngelo Williams rushed for 143 yards with a couple of TDs.
They were missing some receiving weapons too but that didn’t slow down Antonio Brown who caught 8 passes for 126 yards and also scored a couple of touchdowns.
As good as the offense looked it might be the defense that really pumps up Pittsburgh after the opener.
The were able to force the Skins into being one dimensional and forced Kirk Cousins into a couple of interceptions.
They only gave up one play of more than 20 yards all night.
One thing of concern though is that they were not able to sack Cousins.
They really do not have a lot of pass rush talent on the roster and they made need to take some risks to get opposing quarterbacks on the ground.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Bengals are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 2.
- Bengals are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Under is 4-0 in Steelers last 4 vs. AFC.
- Steelers are 2-0-2 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Under is 7-0-1 in Steelers last 8 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Cincinnati +3.5
That extra half point it going to loom large when these very familiar opponents meet on Sunday.
Pittsburgh was the more impressive but I think the Jets are a better team than Washington is so it is hard to get a true measure just yet.
NFL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 27 – Cincinnati 24
I think the offenses will be able to get in the flow in this one as the teams will err on the side of not being too chippy because they know the refs will be watching. Probably won by whoever has the ball last.
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