Monday Night Football Betting: Steelers vs Bengals Predictions

steelers vs bengalsThe Pittsburgh Steelers, against all odds, started off the 2010 NFL betting odds season with a respectable 4-1 record. In fact, the team notched the best record in the NFL and looked to be the best team in the league, which is remarkable considering they arrived at that mark with their 4th string QB Charlie Batch behind center.

But since the return of the All Pro QB Ben Roethlisberger from suspension the team has gone just 2-1 and while looking impressive as a passer the team’s offense has stagnated a bit since Big Ben has been in the lineup.

When the team hosts the 2-5 Cincinnati Bengals in the week 9 action the Steelers have got to do a better job of mixing up the play calling or risk dropping 2 straight games for the first time all season.

The Bengals will no doubt have taken notes from the Week 8 beat down that the New Orleans Saints (5-3) handed Pittsburgh and the AFC North divisional games are always tough.

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.

No one gives Cincy much hope in this matchup and on the road against a team of Pittsburgh’s talent it doesn’t look good for Bengal fans. When the Bengals have the ball they’ll be facing the defense in sports betting (14.6 points per game) and one that is virtually impossible to run against (just 58.9 rushing yards per game).

On defense the defense the Bengals will have to contend with the passing skills of Big Ben (251.3 ypg, 5 TDs, 2 INTs in 3 games) as well as a rushing attack that has averaged 117.3 yards per game.

But the Steelers D is susceptible to giving up big plays on deep passes and the Bengals have a decent passing attack with QB Carson Palmer, WR Chad Ochocinco and WR TO who ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in receiving yards, TDs and catches.

Even if the Bengals get down early they’ve shown a great ability to come back this season but on the road in Pittsburgh, a Cincy NFL gambling win seems like a mighty tall order.

  1. chris
    November 8th, 2010 at 16:48 | #1

    the game is in cincy, wow!

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