Cincinnati is fresh off their bye as one of the remaining unbeatens in the NFL, you could argue that no one in the league is playing better on both sides of the ball. Today they head to Pittsburgh, who is 4-3 after losing in Kansas City.
Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -1.5 -105 at Pinnacle
The Bengals opened up this line as a favorite of 1.5 points on the NFL odds, but then the line dipped to -1, moved to a pick, then back to -1 and back to a pick. The news about Roethlisberger had to be a major factor in this game because even though the Steelers have held down the fort with Michael Vick and Landry Jones at quarterback, you could put those two together and they wouldn't be as good as Roethlisberger.
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Cincinnati seems to be pretty healthy right now as T Andrew Whitworth is the only player that didn't practice on Wednesday, and that was a maintenance day for the veteran. Health has been a major reason why the Bengals have been successful so far this season, and they're riding it until the wheels fall off.
Roethlisberger isn't officially back from his knee injury, but he was listed as a full participant in practice on Wednesday and he is antsy to get back under center. However, the Steelers should wait and see how his knee responds to practice, but at this point, it would be a big surprise if he wasn't playing on Sunday, given the stakes. LB Ryan Shazier should also be back from his shoulder injury for the Steelers.
The Bengals are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games, and they're 4-2 ATS in their last six. The Steelers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six, while covering in seven of their last 10 at home, including a push. The total is set at 48, and the Bengals have gone over in five of their last; the Steelers have gone under in their last five.
The Steelers have dominated their AFC North rivals lately, going 8-2 SU and ATS in their last 10 meetings. The Bengals are slightly better in Pittsburgh for some reason, going 4-6 SU and ATS in their last 10 trips.
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