Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 18, 2016, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals +3 -- Over/Under: 45
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals meet Sunday afternoon in a AFC North NFL matchup at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look for their fifth straight victory to build on their AFC North lead. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won three straight road games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 3,254 yards, 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell have combined for 1,693 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Sammie Coates has 20 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 112.8 yards per contest, and Bell leads the way with 1,053 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 19.7 points and 342.7 yards per game. Lawrence Timmons leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 90 tackles, Stephon Tuitt has 3.5 sacks and Artie Burns has three interceptions.
The Cincinnati Bengals hope for their third straight victory to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Cincinnati Bengals have won five of their last nine home games. Andy Dalton is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 3,555 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Dalton has one touchdown pass in five of his last eight games. A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell have combined for 1,538 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Tyler Boyd has 48 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 114.6 yards per contest, and Jeremy Hill leads the way with 788 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 20.7 points and 357.3 yards per game. Vontaze Burfict leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 92 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has seven sacks and George Iloka has three interceptions.
The Steelers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC North and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bengals are 0-6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games in December. The Steelers are 16-4-2 ATS in their last 22 meetings in Cincinnati and 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 meetings overall.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six of the last seven meetings against the Cincinnati Bengals and are the favorites here for good reason. The Bengals have only one victory over a team with a winning record, which is against the Miami Dolphins, and they haven't looked anything like the Super Bowl contender many predicted. Meanwhile, the Steelers are rolling off big wins and have their eyes sit on a division crown. Given the form of both teams and the history of the Steelers owning the Bengals, you have to like Pittsburgh on the road.