Sunday Night Football: The Steelers are favored by one point at Cincinnati
Sunday Night Football features an AFC North battle as the Steelers visit the Bengals. According to the oddsmakers at America's Bookie, the Steelers are 1-point favorites and the total is set at 45.
Their inability to close out road games and their short-handed lineup has the Steelers with a losing record. In their most recent game, on October 11, they were leading the Titans by a touchdown with 4:20 to play but gave up 10 unanswered points in a 26-23 defeat.
The Steelers won't have safety Troy Polamalu (calf), linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), while running backs Rashard Mendenhall (achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle) are questionable. Mendenhall scored four touchdowns in two games against the Bengals last year.
Pittsburgh is also dealing with other issues as they recently suspended rookie defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu. The suspension is effective immediately and is for this game and the game against the Redskins.
The Steelers will need all the help that they can get because quarterback Andy Dalton wide receiver A.J. Green make up one of the deadliest combos in the NFL. The Bengals will try to take advantage and end a four-game losing streak against the Steelers.
The Bengals are underrated despite losing back-to-back games after winning three in a row. They gave up 21 fourth-quarter points in last Sunday's 34-24 loss against the Browns. Andy Dalton threw for a career-high 381 yards and three touchdowns last week but he also had three interceptions for the second time in 23 career games.
Ben Roethlisberger is 7-1 lifetime at Cincinnati. He has thrown for 747 yards with five touchdown passes and one interception in his last two road games but this is a bad spot to bet on the Steelers.
The Steelers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against AFC opponents, 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. The short-handed Steelers defense will have a hard time stopping Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. Look for the Bengals to finally beat a top AFC North opponent.
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