The Pittsburgh Steelers are having a late-season slump, which they hope to end this week against the lowly Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers won the earlier matchup with Cincy, but can they sweep the Bengals this season? Or will the Bengals pull off one of the craziest upset wins of the season?
Betting Preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals Regular Season Week 15 Game on December 21, 2020
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
When: Monday, December 21, 2020, 8:15 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers (-12.5)
Regular Season Record: 11-2
Ben Roethlisberger was not happy about himself following the Steelers’ 26-15 road loss to the Buffalo Bills last week. Big Ben passed for 187 yards and two touchdowns in that game but also got intercepted two times. Roethlisberger, however, will have a great opportunity to completely forget about that Bills game, as the Steelers will be taking on a Cincinnati team that they pummeled in a 36-10 home win in Week 10. Roethlisberger made easy work of the Bengals’ defense in that game, finishing with 333 passing yards and four touchdowns without an interception on 27-of-46 completions. The Bengals haven’t gone through a dramatic transformation since, so the Steelers will likely end up slicing and defending Cincy’s defense that is allowing 26.0 points and over 380 total yards per game.
The Steelers are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 road games. The under is 6-3-1 in those games.
Betting on the Cincinnati Bengals (+12.5)
Regular Season Record: 2-10-1
There’s nothing about the Bengals that even faintly suggests that they are a good team during last week’s embarrassing 30-7 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Against a bad defensive team like Dallas, the Bengals should have been able to muster more points than that. However, the Bengals are really hurting, with quarterback Joe Burrow out with an injury. The Bengals will have to settle themselves with either Brandon Allen or Ryan Finley under center in Week 15, though it’s the latter who’s likely to get the starting gig against the Steelers. Allen did not practice on Thursday because of a knee issue, but he’s yet to be ruled out for the Steelers game, as of this writing. Tee Higgins will look to impress again against Pittsburgh. In the loss to the Steelers, Higgins led the Bengals with 115 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches and nine targets.
The Bengals are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games overall.
The Steelers win, 33-16.
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