Sportsbooks Odds: Steelers vs Bengals NFL Betting Lines

November 8th, 2010 by

steelers vs bengalsThe 2-5 Cincinnati Bengals are team in trouble and their Week 9 matchup against the 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers is a must win situation. With Cleveland’s (3-5) surprise win over the New England Patriots (6-2) on Sunday the Bengals are now in last place in the AFC North. The playoffs are all but impossibility at this point with the stiff divisional competition and the best the Bengals can hope for this season is a winning record.

But if they can get a road win over a quality team like the Steelers, the team certainly has the talent to reel off a 5-6 game win streak and with injuries to other teams in the AFC you never know what could happen.

If the results so far this season are anything to go by, however, that seems an unlikely but not impossible scenario for the Bengals.

Cincy has the talent and familiarity with the Steelers to win this Week 9 NFL gambling matchup but it will take near perfect execution and plenty of Steelers’ mistakes.

The Bengals have the sixth best passing attack in the league (265 yards per game, 12 TDs) but the team’s O-line must give QB Carson Palmer time to throw the ball. This unit has been the best in the NFL allowing just 10 sacks through 7 games.

Cincy’s receiving corps is strong and can been their men in single coverage when the Steelers blitz. Pittsburgh typically has problems with big physical receivers and TO is the original prototype for this type of player. He’s also having a terrific season with 45 catches for 89.9 yards per game and 5 TDs, all among the top 10 in the league.

And if the Bengals can get an early lead and force the Steelers into a passing offense their defense will be much more effective against Steelers offense that has stagnated somewhat over the past few games.

Kickoff for this Monday matchup is set for 8:20 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Steelers as a 6-point favorite with an over/under total at 41.

Obviously playing on the road and against the best defense in the NFL (just 14.6 points allowed per game) the Bengals face a very difficult task in getting a win in the sports betting action, but not an impossible one.

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