National Football League: Week 13- AFC North PIT vs. CIN
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2, 5-1 away) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-6, 3-2 home)
December 4, 2017- 8:30 PM ET (TV ESPN) Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Needing a win in the worst way, the Cincinnati Bengals will play host to the division leading Pittsburgh Steelers in a primetime Monday night contest at Paul Brown Stadium that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Steelers Lines: BetOnline Spread (-4.5) ML -225
Best Bengals Lines: MyBookie Spread (+5.5) ML +200
Over/Under: 5Dimes 43.0
Riding a six-game win streak and ready to put the AFC North Division away with a victory, the Steelers at 9-2 will seek to continue their dominance over their rival when they square off in a Week 13 showdown that both teams must have.
For Pittsburgh, they find themselves in a dogfight in the AFC along with New England Patriots and must win to keep pace with the defending Super Bowl champions.
For the Bengals at 5-6, all they can hope for is one of the two wildcard berths in the AFC but will have their work cut for them as they have dropped eight of their last nine versus the Steelers, including five straight. Cincinnati came out on the losing end in a 29-14 road defeat at Pittsburgh back in Week 7.
The Bengals behind their 10th ranked defense will aim to slow down the offensive power of the Steelers where they are allowing 19.5 points per game. Fifth in pass defense yielding 203.8 yards through the air, Cincinnati will center their defense around Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Brown has been unconscious this season where he leads the league with 80 catches for 1,195 yards. But, if that wasn’t enough, the Bengals defense must also set their sights on running back Le’Veon Bell who leads the NFL with 981 yards rushing.
Scoring just 18.1 points per game, the Bengals must find a way to score some points versus a Pittsburgh defense that ranks fourth allowing 17.5 points per game.
The quarterback comparison will feature Ben Roethlisberger, who has thrown for 2,948 yards with 20 touchdowns but 12 picks versus Andy Dalton and his 2,372 yards passing with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
The sense of urgency will be great for the Bengals but will face a stiff test against the Steelers who are rolling. For sports betting purposes for our US players, BetOnline is favoring PIT (-4.5) points over CIN, while MyBookie is giving the home underdogs (+5.5) points. 5Dimes delivers the over/under with 43.0 total game points scored.
With too much Pittsburgh on both sides of the ball, I will favor the Steelers MINUS the points (-4.5) over Cincinnati for the win as my best betting pick.