Bengals vs. Steelers Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 4 Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Sep 23, 2019

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have dominated their division rival, winning eight straight (including playoffs) and 11 of the past 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cincinnati
2-14
AT
September 30, 2019, 8:15 PM ET
Heinz Field
Pointspread +3.5 -116
Moneyline +151
Over / Under o +45

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Betting Action

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Pointspread -3.5 -104
Moneyline -181
Over / Under u +45

40%

Betting Action

60%

Week 4 concludes in the NFL with, well, quite a lousy game as the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night in an AFC North matchup. The Steelers are 4.5-point opening favourites at Sports Interaction.

NFL Monday Night Football Point Spread and Betting

It’s a shame the Bengals and Steelers stink because otherwise this could have been a tremendous week of prime-time games with Eagles-Packers on Thursday and Cowboys-Saints on Sunday. Check out my previews of those. The NFL schedule-makers obviously can only speculate on which teams they think are worthy of showcasing on “Monday Night Football.”

The Steelers are usually one of the NFL’s marquee franchises, but their season went off the rails in Week 2 when future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was lost to a season-ending elbow injury. The Bengals, frankly, were never expected to be very good in 2019 under first-year coach Zac Taylor. This could be Andy Dalton’s last season as the team’s starting quarterback.

Pittsburgh has dominated its division rival, winning eight straight (including playoffs) and 11 of the past 12 against Cincinnati. Last year, the Steelers won the first meeting 28-21 in southern Ohio on a 31-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown with 10 seconds left. In Pittsburgh, it was a 16-13 win in Week 17 – Brown didn’t play because of a tiff with the team, which helped lead to his eventual trade. It was also the last game as Bengals coach for Marvin Lewis.

The Steelers have covered 18 of the past 26 meetings. The total has gone under in five of the previous seven.

Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati remained winless Sunday with a 21-17 win in Buffalo – to be fair, this club isn’t far from being 2-1. Down 14-7 midway through the third quarter, the Bengals took a 17-14 lead with just under five minutes left but allowed the game-winning touchdown run with 1:50 to go. On third-and-5 at the Buffalo 28 with 20 seconds left, Dalton was picked off. He threw for 249 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Dalton also ran for a score. Defensive end Carl Lawson and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn both missed the game with injuries and top WR A.J. Green has yet to play in 2019 following ankle surgery. Not likely to here, either. Cincinnati has covered its past six on the road.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers began life without Big Ben with a 24-20 loss in San Francisco to also fall to 0-3. They allowed the game-winning 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:15 to go. Young Mason Rudolph was up-and-down in his first career start, completing 14 of 27 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Not often you will see a team lose when it forces five turnovers as Pittsburgh did. The 49ers forced two turnovers and scored a touchdown off each. Minkah Fitzpatrick made his Steelers debut after a trade from Miami and had an interception and forced fumble. Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its past five on Monday.

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