Steelers vs. Bengals Betting Line at Pittsburgh -1

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Steelers vs. Bengals Betting Line at Pittsburgh -1

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Sportsbook-250A.jpg Line & Total: Pittsburgh -1 & 45

Opening Line & Total: Steelers -2.5 & 45.5

The struggling Steelers look to get back to .500 when they visit division rival Cincinnati on Sunday night.

Pittsburgh has dominated this rivalry, sweeping the Bengals (SU and ATS) in each of the past two seasons. But the Steelers have been terrible on the road this year, dropping all three away games SU and ATS, including to bottom-feeders Tennessee and Oakland. Going back to last year, they’ve lost four road games in a row SU, and seven straight ATS. The Steelers could have OLB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) back in the lineup, but they will be without RBs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle), and also S Troy Polamalu (calf). The Bengals have moved the ball effectively this year, but QB Andy Dalton has become a turnover machine (11 through six games), resulting in upset losses in each of the past two weeks to Miami and Cleveland. Despite the mistakes, Cincy has a great passing offense, throwing for 283 YPG (8th in NFL). The Steelers have allowed 200+ passing yards three times this year, losing all three of those contests. And recent history shows that underdogs (or pick) after a road game where both teams scored 24+ points, after the first month of the season, are 35-11 ATS (76%) in the past five seasons.

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With both Mendenhall and Redman out, Jonathan Dwyer is expected to get the bulk of the rushing workload. But he's been pretty terrible in 2012, gaining just 70 yards on 24 carries (2.9 YPC) with one first down and one lost fumble. Backup Baron Batch may also get some touches, but he's been even worse than Dwyer with 34 yards on 16 carries (2.1 YPC). Due to this pair of uninspiring RB choices, the Steelers will likely take to the air with Ben Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh signal caller is 9-2 in his past 11 starts versus Cincinnati, throwing for 2,445 yards, (222 YPG), 13 TD and 8 INT. Despite his team's struggles in 2012, Roethlisberger has played quite well, throwing for 297 YPG, 10 TD and just 2 INT. Defensively, the Steelers rank in the top-10 in both pass defense (201 YPG, 4th) and rush defense (95 YPG, 9th) despite a pedestrian 11 sacks and six turnovers this season.


NFL Lines For Week 7 - NFL Football Line Week Seven
NFL Line 10/18 - 10/22, 2012

Date & Time




10/21 1:00 ET

At Buffalo


Tennessee Bet Now

10/21 1:00 ET

At Minnesota


Arizona Bet Now

10/21 1:00 ET

At Indianapolis


Cleveland Bet Now

10/21 1:00 ET

At Houston


Baltimore Bet Now

10/21 1:00 ET

Green Bay


At St. Louis Bet Now

10/21 1:00 ET



At Carolina Bet Now

10/21 1:00 ET

At NY Giants


Washington Bet Now

10/21 1:00 ET

New Orleans


At Tampa Bay Bet Now

10/21 4:25 ET

At New England


NY Jets Bet Now

10/21 4:25 ET

At Oakland


Jacksonville Bet Now

10/21 8:25 ET



At Cincinnati Bet Now

Monday Night Football Line


10/22 8:35 ET

At Chicago


Detroit Bet Now

Dalton had a rough series versus Pittsburgh last year, completing just 26-of-54 passes (48%) for 305 yards, 3 TD and 2 INT in both meetings combined. However, he currently has the best receiver in football at his disposal in A.J. Green. The second-year player leads the NFL with 628 receiving yards and his six receiving touchdowns are two more than any other AFC receiver. The Bengals have a subpar rushing offense though, ranking 21st in this category (99 YPG), including just 80 rushing YPG in two home games. But for this team to win, it knows that it has to better protect the football. In the past four games, Cincy has 11 turnovers, including seven in the past two weeks. On the other side of the ball, the Bengals rush defense has been excellent in the past three weeks, holding opponents to 82 rushing YPG on 2.8 YPC. They have also held each of their past four opponents to less than 220 passing yards.

- Carrie Stroup, Senior Reporter

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