Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

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: 41 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Sunday in NFL action at Heinz Field.

The Cincinnati Bengals look for a third straight victory to get back to a .500 record. The Cincinnati Bengals have lost six of their last eight road games. Andy Dalton is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,220 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Dalton has one or less touchdown passes in three of his last five games. A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard have combined for 668 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Tyler Kroft has 14 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 84 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 187 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 16.6 points and 262.8 yards per game. Nick Vigil leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 43 tackles, Geno Atkins has four sacks and Clayton Fejedelem has one interception. 

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The Pittsburgh Steelers look for their fifth victory of the season to create some distance in the AFC North. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six of their last nine home games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,521 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. Roethlisberger has one or less touchdown passes in four straight games. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant have combined for 931 receiving yards and three touchdowns while JuJu Smith-Schuster has 15 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 107.3 yards per contest, and Le'Veon Bell leads the way with 550 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 17 points and 272 yards per game. Ryan Shazier leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 49 tackles, Anthony Chickillo has three sacks and T.J. Watt has one interception.

The Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 3-7-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games in October. The Bengals are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh, 7-19-2 ATS in their last 28 meetings and under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

These two teams know each other very well and four of the last five meetings have been decided by eight or less points. The Steelers are now a trendy team with the public after they beat Kansas City, but let's not forget just a week ago Roethlisberger was saying he wasn't sure if he had it anymore and folks were writing this team off. I'm not one to go from one extreme to another after just one game. The Cincinnati Bengals entered their bye week playing solid football and have had an extra week to prepare for this game while getting healthier in the secondary. This line just seems like an overreaction to what the Steelers did last week. I'll take the points with the Bengals. 

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Randy’s Pick Cincinnati Bengals +5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.