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.


Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

Pittsburgh Steelers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf6-12-14-04-32-12-223.4316.866.57
vs Div3-10-03-12-20-02-221.0016.254.75
Last 33-02-01-01-21-10-130.3320.679.66

Cincinnati Bengals

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf5-53-22-35-52-33-217.5018.80-1.30
vs Div1-20-01-22-10-02-123.0021.002.00
Last 32-11-01-13-01-02-023.3319.004.33


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense23.451219.5510
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense244.177160.002
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense105.8314138.2029
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense18.092517.554
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense221.4021216.6711
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense86.802788.174

Head To Head Summary


Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Oct 22, 2017CINPIT14-297110817921522684200
Dec 18, 2016PITCIN24-20972853820761462221
Sep 18, 2016CINPIT16-244636641221242503742
Jan 9, 2016PITCIN18-161672023692911882794
Dec 13, 2015PITCIN33-20842703541643213853
Nov 1, 2015CINPIT16-107821829621162403563
Dec 28, 2014CINPIT17-271162213373293173463
Dec 7, 2014PITCIN42-211933505430863224082
Dec 15, 2013CINPIT20-305722227911061842901
Sep 16, 2013PITCIN10-204423427821272804070

NFL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Pittsburgh Steelers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 26, 2017GB31-28W-14/43L/O121341462802273073H
Nov 16, 2017TEN40-17W-7/44.5W/O6528434952264316-4H
Nov 12, 2017IND20-17W-10.5/46.5L/U88228316711962670A
Oct 29, 2017DET20-15W-3/44.5W/U75317392714114821A
Oct 22, 2017CIN29-14W-4/40W/O15226842071108179-2H

Cincinnati Bengals

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 26, 2017CLE30-16W-7.5/39W/O1522093611692364050H
Nov 19, 2017DEN20-17W2.5/37W/P49141190112229341-2A
Nov 12, 2017TEN20-24L4.5/40.5W/O532553081802364160A
Nov 5, 2017JAC7-23L5.5/37.5L/U29119148148259407-1A
Oct 29, 2017IND24-23W-11/44L/O582182761152163311H

Weather in
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Weather is Cloudy  61°F

Humidity is 53%
Wind is South 11 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
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Forecast for Cincinnati

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

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