NFL Picks: Steelers vs. Bengals Opening Odds

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:49 PM GMT

The Steelers lost their home opener to the Titans this past Sunday, and they lost more than just the game. Now they have to go on the road, to a very improved Bengals team, in Monday Night Football.

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The NFL odds have the Bengals as -6.5 favorites, with a total of 40.5. Will Pittsburgh turn it around, or will the Bengals seek revenge from the Steelers for their Week 1 loss to the Bears? Who's will end up the better sports pick in this match?

Week 1

Pittsburgh not only played horribly against the Titans on Sunday, but they lost three players (two starters) for the entire season. Maurkice Pouncey was the biggest injury, as their star young center tore his ACL and MCL, and will miss the rest of 2013. If that wasn’t enough, running back LaRod Stephens-Howling is done for the year, as is Larry Foote on defense. The Steelers amassed only 195 total yards against the Titans, so only god knows what will happen against a bigger and better Cincinnati team on the road.

The Bengals had a road win in their grasp last week, but they let it slip away in Chicago after a late touchdown from Brandon Marshall. The Bengals were up 21-10 on the road half way through the 3rd quarter in Chicago, but the Bears score two unanswered touchdowns to win it. Even though the offense looked good to start the game, after their touchdown in the 3rd quarter, the Bengals only gained 23 yards and had a fumble in the final 22 minutes of the game.

Opening Odds

Even though Cincinnati choked last week on the road, they are -6.5 favorites in this game, and you can bet they will be pissed off and hunting in this game. The Steelers look really vulnerable right now, and after being favored last week, this week they are a touchdown underdog. The total may even be a bit high, because a final score of 31-0 Bengals is not far fetched.

The Steelers cannot protect Ben Roethlisberger, therefore they cannot pass the ball, and their running game is so awful they just resigned the guy they cut a week ago. A lot of that is because of the Stephens-Howling and LeVeon Bell injuries; however, with literally no offense to speak of, the Steelers defense may finally take that fall we have all been waiting on for the last 2-3 years. If they have to stay on the field for 35-40 minutes per game, they are done for.

Check out our new pick Against The Spread for this game~

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Past Trends

Making this game so much more monumental for the Bengals is the fact that Pittsburgh has owned the Bengals in Cincinnati in their recent past. The Steelers are 11-1 SU and 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 times they have played in Cincinnati. The last time the Bengals have beaten the Steelers at home is 2009.

On top of that, the Steelers are 5-1 SU in their last six games overall against the Bengals. However, in their most recent matchup, the Bengals got the better of Pittsburgh, winning 13-10 on the road.

Make sure you check back later in the week for my NFL betting picks on both the total and the spread of this game.

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