Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off in a week 7 AFC North showdown from Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Cincinnati Bengals will come into this game rested after their bye week, looking to build on back-to-back wins following a 20-16 victory over the Bills in their last outing. Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions on 22 of 36 passing, while Joe Mixon led the Bengals’ ground attack with 15 carries for 51 yards and a rushing score. A.J. Green far and away led the Bengals’ receiving corps, hauling in 7 passes for 189 yards and the team’s lone receiving TD in the win, while Tyler Kroft added 38 receiving yards and Brandon LaFell hauled in 5 passes. The Bengals’ defense combined for 6 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception, all while holding the Buffalo offense to just 221 yards of total offense in the win.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will look for another win to maintain their spot atop the AFC North standings, sitting at 4-2 following a 19-13 win over Kansas City last time out. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 252 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 17 of 25 passing, while Le’Veon Bell turned his 32 carries into 179 yards and a rushing score. Antonio Brown led Pittsburgh with 8 catches for 155 yards and the team’s lone receiving touchdown while the rest of the Steelers caught the other 9 passes for 97 yards. Defensively, the Steelers recorded a safety while also combining for 3 sacks as they held KC to just 251 yards of total offense in handing the Chiefs’ their first loss of the season.
Cincinnati is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games in October while the under is 21-6 in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record. Cincinnati is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh and 7-19-2 ATS in the last 28 meetings overall.
Cincinnati comes into this one well rested and on a bit of a hot streak, but I’m not sure the bye week was the best thing for them as some of that momentum may have cooled off, and to be honest, wins over Cleveland and Buffalo don’t inspire too much confidence in me when they’re going up against a very good Steelers team that just took down the last undefeated team in the league last week. Not to mention, Cincinnati has struggled against the spread when it comes to the Steelers, so I’ll lay the points with Pittsburgh here.