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MNF Preview: Bengals Host the Steelers

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Bengals & Steelers Fierce Rivalry On Display

Monday Night Football will be on tilt when the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals meet at Paul Brown Stadium. ESPN will have the coverage and kickoff will be around 8:30 pm EST. This may be the NFL’s fiercest rivalry and it is in Prime-Time.

The Steelers won the first meeting of 2017 in Pittsburgh, 29-14. Both teams are coming off Week 12 wins. The Bengals are hoping to return the beat-down.

The Steelers are riding a six-game win streak. They have beaten the Bengals five straight times and 8 of the last 9 meetings.

Oddsmakers opened the Steelers as -6.5-point favorites versus the Bengals, while the game’s total opened at 43. The Steelers are now 4-point favorites and the total has held steady at 43.

Bengals Defense Will be Key

The Bengals finally had their own strong showing in the run game last week. It was in the 30-16 win over the Cleveland Browns. Led by rookie running back Joe Mixon, the Bengals hammered out 152 rushing yards.

Cincinnati is fifth in the NFL in pass defense. They only allow 203.8 yards a game. The Bengals are 10th in the NFL in points allowed at 19.5 per game.

Brown has faced the Bengals defense 15 times over his career. That encompasses 14 regular-season games and one playoff game. He went over 100 yards only three times. The most recent one was in the playoffs after the 2015 season. Brown has only 5 career TD’s against the Bengals.

Steelers Brown will be Key for Win

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 31-28 winner as they battled the Green Bay Packers at home. The Steelers failed to cover in the match as a -14-point favorite, while 59 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Antonio Brown comes into the game playing at an MVP level. He leads the league in receptions with 80. He also leads the league in yards with 1,195. Six times this season he has passed the 100-yard receiving mark. The Bengals held Brown under 100 in their last meeting.

Le’Veon Bell leads the NFL in rushing at 981 yards. He is set to pass the 1,000-yard mark on a season for the third time in his five-year NFL career.  19 yards Sunday shouldn’t as tje Bengals defense is 28th in the NFL at stopping the run. The squad is allowing opponents an average of 126.6 yards a game.

The Pittsburgh defense only gives up 96 yards per game on the ground.  That ranks sixth in the NFL. The Steelers’ defense is ranked fourth in the league points allowed at 17.5 a contest.

Pittsburgh pass defense is stellar as well, ranking third in the NFL.  They only allow 193.4 yards a game. With that said, the Steelers’ secondary has given up big pass plays all season.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Pittsburgh 9-2 6-5 23.45 17.55 5.9 3-2 3-3 3-8 3-2 0-6
Cincinnati 5-6 6-5 18.09 19.55 -1.46 2-3 4-2 5-5-1 2-3 3-2-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
PIT 15.65 16.48 -0.83
CIN 15.16 16.9 -1.74
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
PIT 11.52 10.13 1.39
CIN 10.87 10.05 0.82
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
PIT 3.67 4.01 -0.34
CIN 3.22 4.01 -0.79
Team Records

Pittsburgh Steelers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-2 4-1 5-1 6-5 3-2 3-3 23.45 17.55 5.90
vs Conf 6-1 2-1 4-0 4-3 2-1 2-2 23.43 16.86 6.57
vs Div 3-1 0-0 3-1 2-2 0-0 2-2 21.00 16.25 4.75
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-2 1-1 0-1 30.33 20.67 9.66

Cincinnati Bengals

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 5-6 3-2 2-4 6-5 2-3 4-2 18.09 19.55 -1.46
vs Conf 5-5 3-2 2-3 5-5 2-3 3-2 17.50 18.80 -1.30
vs Div 1-2 0-0 1-2 2-1 0-0 2-1 23.00 21.00 2.00
Last 3 2-1 1-0 1-1 3-0 1-0 2-0 23.33 19.00 4.33

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 23.45 12 19.55 10
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 244.17 7 160.00 2
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 105.83 14 138.20 29
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 18.09 25 17.55 4
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 221.40 21 216.67 11
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 86.80 27 88.17 4

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Pittsburgh 8-2 7-2-1 4-6 24.70 111.20 3.90 35.80 62.01 260.00 371.20 1.40
Cincinnati 2-8 2-7-1 4-6 18.00 81.20 3.50 38.90 60.93 239.20 320.40 2.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Oct 22, 2017 CIN PIT 14-29 71 108 179 2 152 268 420 0
Dec 18, 2016 PIT CIN 24-20 97 285 382 0 76 146 222 1
Sep 18, 2016 CIN PIT 16-24 46 366 412 2 124 250 374 2
Jan 9, 2016 PIT CIN 18-16 167 202 369 2 91 188 279 4
Dec 13, 2015 PIT CIN 33-20 84 270 354 1 64 321 385 3
Nov 1, 2015 CIN PIT 16-10 78 218 296 2 116 240 356 3
Dec 28, 2014 CIN PIT 17-27 116 221 337 3 29 317 346 3
Dec 7, 2014 PIT CIN 42-21 193 350 543 0 86 322 408 2
Dec 15, 2013 CIN PIT 20-30 57 222 279 1 106 184 290 1
Sep 16, 2013 PIT CIN 10-20 44 234 278 2 127 280 407 0

NFL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Pittsburgh Steelers

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 26, 2017 GB 31-28 W -14/43 L/O 121 341 462 80 227 307 3 H
Nov 16, 2017 TEN 40-17 W -7/44.5 W/O 65 284 349 52 264 316 -4 H
Nov 12, 2017 IND 20-17 W -10.5/46.5 L/U 88 228 316 71 196 267 0 A
Oct 29, 2017 DET 20-15 W -3/44.5 W/U 75 317 392 71 411 482 1 A
Oct 22, 2017 CIN 29-14 W -4/40 W/O 152 268 420 71 108 179 -2 H

Cincinnati Bengals

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 26, 2017 CLE 30-16 W -7.5/39 W/O 152 209 361 169 236 405 0 H
Nov 19, 2017 DEN 20-17 W 2.5/37 W/P 49 141 190 112 229 341 -2 A
Nov 12, 2017 TEN 20-24 L 4.5/40.5 W/O 53 255 308 180 236 416 0 A
Nov 5, 2017 JAC 7-23 L 5.5/37.5 L/U 29 119 148 148 259 407 -1 A
Oct 29, 2017 IND 24-23 W -11/44 L/O 58 218 276 115 216 331 1 H

Weather in
CincinnatiUnited States

Weather is Cloudy  61°F

Cloudy
Humidity is 53%
Wind is South 11 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
Pressure is N/A inHg

Forecast for Cincinnati

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Baltimore Sunday, December 10
Cincinnati home to Chicago Sunday, December 10

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