Cincinnati Bengals (10-4-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 28, 2014, 8:25 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -3 -- Over/Under: 48
The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers play Sunday night at Heinz Field for the AFC North.
The Cincinnati Bengals have won five of their last six games and are looking to win back-to-back division titles. Andy Dalton is completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Dalton has two touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and the Bengals have 35 passing plays of 20 or more yards. A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu have combined for more than 1,700 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Jermaine Gresham has 12 receptions in his last two games. Green is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury. The Bengals ground game is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, as Jeremy Hill leads the way with 1,024 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Cincinnati Bengals are allowing 21.1 points, 360.2 yards, and they’ve forced 20 sacks and 23 turnovers. Vincent Rey leads Cincy with 114 tackles and Carlos Dunlap has eight sacks.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four of their last five games and are looking for their first division title since 2010. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Roethlisberger has four touchdowns and zero picks in his last three games, and the Steelers have 51 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell have combined for more than 2,300 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Heath Miller has 11 receptions in his last two games. The Steelers ground game is averaging 4.3 yards per carry, as Bell leads the way with 1,341 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Steelers are allowing 23.4 points, 354.5 yards, and they’ve forced 30 sacks and 18 turnovers. Lawrence Timmons leads Pittsburgh with 121 tackles and Jason Worilds has 6.5 sacks.
The Bengals are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in December and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Steelers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. AFC North. The Bengals are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 meetings overall.
After seeing what the Bengals have done the last couple of weeks defensively, this is a team that's starting to hit its stride and is looking quite scary. While this game could go either way, the value is on the Bengals and the plus money.