Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers Pick and Preview
- Updated: November 20, 2008
NFL Betting Preview
Cincinnati Bengals (1-8-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3)
Thursday, 8:15 pm Eastern – NFL Network
SBG Global Opening Line: Steelers – 10 , Total 34.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers will try and avoiding having a letdown as they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. The Steelers blew away the Bengals 38-10 earlier this season as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes. Big Ben threw for 308 yards last week in the Steelers 11-10 win against San Diego. “It was time for me to do it,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t like to say it’s time for us to do it because some of these guys have been doing it all year. It was time for me to step up and make some plays.” He may not have it as easy as it appears on Thursday. The Steelers have lost two of their last three home games against the Bengals.
SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Steelers at Home.
The Bengals are coming off a 13-13 tie against Philadelphia last week, the first tie in the NFL since 2002. “I don’t know if you pat yourself on the back or be mad,” Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker said. “We came out here, played our hearts out and we didn’t lose, so we’ll just take it at that and strive to do better this Thursday night.” The Bengals have played better of late thanks to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who is filling in for the injured Carson Palmer. Fitzpatrick was 29-for-44 for a season-high 261 yards and a TD against the Eagles. He will be facing a defense this week that is ranked #1 in the NFL. “They try to make you uncomfortable back there,” Fitzpatrick said, “And with their rush, and how hard they come sometimes, it’s uncomfortable. You’ve just got to make decisions and get the ball out.”
Here are the NFL betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Bengals are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games in Week 12. The Bengals are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games in November. The Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the AFC North. The road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between the two teams.
The Steelers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in November. The Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 12. The Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
SBG Global Current Line: Steelers – 11 , Total 34.5
The Under is 6-1 in the Bengals last 7 vs. the AFC North. The Under is 6-2-1 in the Bengals last 9 games in November. The Under is 11-4-1 in the Bengals last 16 games overall. The Under is 4-1 in the Steelers last 5 games in November. The Over is 38-15-2 in the Steelers last 55 home games. The Over is 5-2 in the Steelers last 7 vs. the AFC North. The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh between the two teams.
Bengals vs. Steelers Pick: Bengals 2 out of 5 units
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