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    Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

    Line: Bengals -2.5

    The Bengals have a case for being one of the best teams in football. They look a lot like the 2015 team that was poised to win its first playoff game in the Marvin Lewis era and then Andy Dalton went down with a late-season thumb injury. The 2017 version has Dalton again playing well, thanks to an improved offensive line, and playmakers A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon. And Vontaze Burfict returns just in time to face a Steelers team he has terrorized over the years. That said, Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 62-35, has won the last six matchups, and nine of the last 10. They're also coming off their best game of the season, demolishing the Falcons, 41-17, and sacking Matt Ryan six times.

    If the Steelers defense plays like that in Cincinnati, they'll be tough to beat. Unfortunately, that Falcons game was the aberration; the Steelers' D has been regularly torched over the first month of the season and the Bengals are certainly capable of running up the score. But Ben Roethlisberger, who has been both great and hard to watch this season, looked sharp last Sunday and Antonio Brown, who has had a quiet start to 2018, scored two touchdowns and surpassed 100 receiving yards for the first time. On paper, the Bengals are the better team but until they prove they're mentally tougher than the Steelers, Pittsburgh remains the favorite.

    Pick: Steelers 41, Bengals 38

  2. #2
    Steelers at Bengals

    MDS’s take: This is the Steelers’ last-gasp chance at staying in the division race. Lose this one and it’s very hard to see them coming back in the AFC North. I think they’ll lose this one.

    MDS’s pick: Bengals 28, Steelers 21.

    Florio’s take: If the Steelers can avoid digging themselves a deep hole, they can bury the Bengals.

    Florio’s pick: Steelers 30, Bengals 20.

  3. #3
    What!?!?! Florio picked the stealers????

    I’m shocked!!!!

  4. Quote Originally Posted by arkansas bengal View Post
    pittsburgh at cincinnati

    on paper, the bengals are the better team but until they prove they're able to overcome the NFL, pittsburgh remains the favorite.

  5. #5
    Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Cincinnati Bengals 24

    1 p.m. ET (CBS) | Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)

    Well, this game is more than relevant. If the Bengals topple the Steelers, they will go up 2.5 games on Pittsburgh (plus they'll have the head-to-head tiebreaker). On the other hand, with the Browns upending the Ravens last Sunday, the Steelers can squeeze the accordion again, then open up a division lead down the back stretch like they have in seasons past. There are two guys Pittsburgh must stop to accomplish this. The first is Joe Mixon, which is obvious. (For what it's worth, Keith Butler's group did a number on the Falcons' backs last week.) Less apparent is the importance of containing Tyler Boyd in one-on-one coverage (with A.J. Green presumably bracketed), which is not a Steeler strength. This ain't 1978.

  6. #6
    On th Bengals Beat Podcast Dehner picked the Bengals, but not liking it, fearing he’s being “suckered”, and Fletcher picked the stealers saying he can’t pick the Bengals until they win a game like this.

  7. #7
    ESPN, 5-5 split, fans pick Bengals

  8. #8
    1-7 vs the spread, 1-7 straight up

  9. #9
    59% Bengals overall


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