Steelers vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 12 Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Nov 20, 2019

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After last week's fiasco in Cleveland, Mason Rudolph will look to ignite a struggling Steelers offence on the road against the winless Bengals.

November 24, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
Pointspread -6 -110
Moneyline -259
Over / Under o +37


Betting Action


Pointspread +6 -110
Moneyline +215
Over / Under u +37


Betting Action


Lost in the ending of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns Week 11 fracas was the fact that the Steelers offense was absolutely abysmal. That includes quarterback Mason Rudolph, who threw four interceptions in the game. The Steelers had been riding a four-game winning streak prior to that loss and they’ll now try to get back on track against the winless Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati was competitive last week in Oakland but can they carry that over to this week and keep things close?

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Steelers have done well against the division, winning 11 of their last 14 games straight up but they’ve struggled against the spread (ATS). They’re just 6-8 ATS in those contests. They’ve had no problems with the Bengals, though, winning 44 of the last 57 meetings while going 36-19-2 ATS in those contests. They’ve also won 24 of their last 29 in Cincy.

As for the Bengals, they’ve been pretty lousy against the spread this season. Last week’s cover was just their second in their last seven games. They’re 0-4 ATS in home games this season and have covered just seven of their last 20 at Paul Brown Stadium.

Pittsburgh Steelers

If the Steelers are to win on Sunday, they’re going to have to rely on their defense. They forced 14 turnovers during their four-game winning streak and that was the difference. They kept the opponent from scoring, scored points themselves and also put their offense in great shape. They’ll be taking on the Bengals this week, who are starting a rookie quarterback and have one of the most inept offenses in the league. The Bengals rank 30th in points per game (14.7), so the Steelers really just need about 17 points to earn the win here.

As far as Finley goes, the early results back have not been so hot as the fourth-round pick has struggled. He’s completing just 47.5 percent of his passes with one touchdown and two picks. The team has mustered just 23 points in his two starts so far. If the Steelers can pressure him and force him into mistakes, they’ll get back on track.

Cincinnati Bengals

It’s hard to envision the Bengals winning on Sunday but covering is another story. Do you really want to lay seven points with the Steelers, who are equally inept on offense? Mason Rudolph is coming off a horrendous outing and has been nothing more than a game manager for the Steelers. Pittsburgh has averaged a total of 260.7 yards of offense per game over their last three, which is the third-worst mark in the NFL in that span. The Steelers simply live and die with takeaways and if they don’t get any, they’ll labor to find points.

Keep in mind that the Steelers are also likely to be without star wideout Juju Smith-Schuster, which leaves them further depleted. Although the Bengals are a big dog in this spot, this could be a good spot for them to surprise…as long as they don’t cough up the turnovers.

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