Free Monday Night Football Week 13 Picks – Steelers vs Bengals Prediction
Pittsburgh Steelers -4.5 at Cincinnati Bengals +4.5 Total: 43.5
Pittsburgh heads to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in the second meeting between these two AFC North foes. The Steelers won the first meeting at Heinz Field easily, winning 29-14. Pittsburgh is locked into a playoff spot and is likely to get a first-round bye while Cincinnati is fighting for its playoff life. Our odds are from SportsBetting.ag.
The Steelers – North Dominance
Pittsburgh has been rolling through the AFC North for years now and this season is no different. They’ve won all three games in the division this season in route to an 9-2 record. However, the Steelers had a scare last week with the Packers at home, winning in the finals minutes by a field goal, in a game where they were -14 favorite.
Big news on Saturday afternoon has Antonio Brown questionable to play in Monday Night’s game with a toe injury after not practicing on Saturday. Many offshore sportsbooks took the game off the board when this news broke.
The Bengals – Still in the Hunt
If the season ended today, Cincy would be out of the playoff picture, but with several teams at 6-5 and 7-4, there’s still a lot to play for in this one. It’s about as must-win as possible for their playoff aspirations. They’re coming off a blowout win over the visiting Browns last week, which improved their record to 5-6.
Betting Action – Odds On The Steelers
Pittsburgh initially opened at -6, but that was bet down quickly. There has been some reverse line movement on this with much of tickets coming in on the Steelers, but the odds moving the other direction. At most books, it’s -4.5. The total has moved up a half point since opening at 43 to 43.5 points. Tickets seem to be mostly split on the total.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction
I see this as an excellent spot for Cincinnati, even if Brown plays, I still like their chances of covering in this game or springing the upset. Of course, Brown getting ruled out would be a huge bonus to the Bengals as he’s easily the Steelers’ best offensive weapon.
I think Pittsburgh’s defense got a bit exposed last week. Their schedule has been quite soft when it comes to facing top offenses and Brett Hundley easily shredded this “elite” defense, as some have called them.
With the Steelers defensive side a bit exposed, their tendency to play down to competition on the road, and Brown’s potential absence – getting more than a field goal with the Bengals feels like as strong play.