The Pittsburgh Steelers’ path to the playoffs is out of their hands. A win alone against the Cincinnati isn’t enough alone to secure a position in the postseason for Ben Roethlisberger and Company. The Bengals are seeking their first win in eight tries against the Steelers.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Cincy is coming off a 26-18 loss to the Cleveland Browns but the team still covered as 10-point road underdogs. The Bengals are just 2-8 straight up in their last 10 games, but 3-0 against the spread in the last three weeks.
The Bengals are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games against the Steelers and 1-4 ATS in their last five trips to Pittsburgh. The Over 8-5-2 in Cincinnati games this season but just 0-2-2 in the club’s last four.
Pittsburgh is coming off a 31-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints which dropped the team to 8-6-1 SU. The Steelers did pick up the cover as 6.5-point road underdogs. The Yellow and Black are 6-3-1 against the number in their last 10 games.
There’s been no movement on the point spread since Sports Interaction opened with the Steelers set as two-touchdown favourites. The total has moved a bit though. SIA opened with a 48-point total and the line has dropped to 46.
About 53 percent of Sports Interaction customers are backing the Steelers to cover as 14-point faves while 59 percent are expecting the game to go Over the 46-point total.
Cincy clinched last place in the AFC North with its loss last week against Cleveland. It marks the first time the Bengals will finish in the basement of the division since 2010 when they went 2-14. They’re playing right now without their starting quarterback (Andy Dalton) and their Pro Bowl receiver (A.J. Green).
Joe Mixon, the former Oklahoma Sooner, is fifth in the NFL in total rushing yards with 1063 and is averaging 102.6 yards on the ground over the last three games.
The Steelers are essentially out of the race for a wild card playoff berth. The Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts would have to tie for Pittsburgh to steal a wild card spot. The team’s best chance of heading to the postseason is to win the AFC North division.
They need to beat Cincinnati and see Baltimore loss to Cleveland for that scenario to become a reality. The Ravens are 6-point home favourites this weekend against the Browns.