Week 14 NFL Picks: Pittsburg Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

David Lawrence

Saturday, December 12, 2015 1:56 AM GMT

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 1:56 AM GMT

The AFC North is in the spotlight on Sunday as Pittsburgh is 7-5 and have won three of their last four, while Cincinnati is 10-2 and a win would clinch the division.

Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -3 -114 at Pinnacle

The Bengals came out favored by a field goal at home and that is where the NFL odds have landed as of Wednesday. However, the Steelers are a huge public team and could swing it a half-point or more. Also, the Bengals have 10 wins and even though they beat up on Cleveland 37-3, many are still skeptical on them in terms of their playoff chances. The Steelers pounded Indianapolis 45-10 and they're right there in the playoff race, and they're one of those teams you don't want to play at this time of year. The offense is humming along with 152 points in their last four games and they have a bunch of veterans that know what it takes when push comes to shove. The Bengals won 16-10 in Pittsburgh in Week 8 as Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger was picked off three times, while Cincinnati counterpart Andy Dalton threw two interceptions. A loss for the Bengals and they might be the most overrated 10-win team of all time.

 

Steelers vs. Bengals Spread

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Steelers vs. Bengals Totals

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Steelers vs. Bengals Money Line

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Injuries
The Steelers seem to be relatively injury-free going into this game, although everyone has their little knocks. Roethlisberger alone could fill an injury report as he has to be bothered by his knee still, and there was a concussion last week. But he'll be on the field on Sunday, count on it.

For the Bengals, TE Tyler Eifert returned to practice on Wednesday. He had a neck stinger, but he is on track to play this weekend and the Bengals need all hands on deck for this crucial game.

 

Trends
The Steelers are 6-4-2 ATS overall, and 2-2-1 ATS at home. The Bengals are the first 10-win ATS team in the league as they're 10-1-1, going 4-1-1 ATS at home. The total is set for 50 and the Bengals have gone over six times, while the Steelers have gone over just four times.

Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU and ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Bengals, who are 2-8 SU and ATS in their last 10 at home with the Steelers.

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