Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -2 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals meet Sunday in NFL action at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look to remain unbeaten on the road to remain in the thick of the playoff conversation. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-0-1 SU in their last eight road games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,664 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in 11 of his last 14 games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown have combined for 823 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Jesse James has 12 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 84 yards per contest, and James Conner leads the way with 342 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 26.6 points and 401.2 yards per game. Jon Bostic leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 35 tackles, T.J. Watt has six sacks and Cameron Sutton has one interception.
The Cincinnati Bengals look to remain undefeated at home to take a commanding lead in the AFC North. The Cincinnati Bengals have won six of their last eight home games. Andy Dalton is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,445 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Dalton has two or more touchdown passes in 11 of his last 16 games. A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd have combined for 802 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while C.J. Uzomah has 19 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 95.4 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 272 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 26 points and 394.8 yards per game. Nick Vigil leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 49 tackles, Geno Atkins has six sacks and Jessie Bates has two interceptions.
The Steelers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC North, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Bengals are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Steelers are 16-4-2 ATS in their last 22 meetings in Cincinnati, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 meetings and the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six straight games against the Cincinnati Bengals and nine of the last 10 meetings overall. This is a weird matchup overall, as I'm confident the Steelers aren't nearly as bad as their record indicates and there's still time to turn it around. I'm also not sure the Bengals are as good as their record indicates, as we've been down this road before and it usually doesn't end well for the orange and black. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 9-5-1 ATS in their last 15 games when an underdog of at least one point. The Cincinnati Bengals have covered seven of their last 11 games when a favorite of at least one point. The Steelers were a balanced team last week in their win over the Falcons and have the combination of experience and talent to put a string of victories together. Until proven otherwise, it's only a matter of time before the Bengals fall apart again. I'm taking the Steelers and the points, as there's a chance we're getting the better team and the free points.