Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers - 12/30/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 4:25 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -16.5 -- Over/Under: 48
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet up in Week 17 NFL activity on Sunday.
The Bengals are currently 6-9 on the year. Cincinnati had been on a five-game losing skid before taking out the Raiders, but then they fell once again to the Browns this past Sunday 26-18.
In the Browns game, Cincinnati QB Jeff Driskel put up 133 yards and two TDs. Joe Mixon led the rush with 68 yards on 17 carries, and CJ Uzomah was the top Bengals receiver with 49 yards and a score off four catches.
Over on the Steelers’ side, they’re 8-6-1 this year. Pittsburgh has hit the skids in the late season, falling to the Broncos, Chargers, Raiders and Saints since November 25.
In the New Orleans game, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger put up 380 yards and three scores, while Jaylen Samuels managed 53 rush yards. Antonio Brown led the Pittsburgh receivers with his 185 yards and two TDs on 14 grabs.
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 versus the AFC. The Bengals are 5-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in the last seven on grass.
Meanwhile, the Steelers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six following an ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. Pittsburgh is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five versus the AFC.
There are still some playoff implications in this game, as Pittsburgh needs to win and hope the Browns can beat the Ravens in order to see the postseason.
I don’t see Cincinnati winning this game, but with a thick line like that it’s tempting to take the Bengals on the cover.