The Pittsburgh Steelers have themselves a close call last week when they beat back the challenge of a Green Bay Packers team that was more combative than expected. So understandably they are looking for a little better effort as they line up on Monday night to face off against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals in a game that begins at 8:30 PM ET at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. This one will be televised by ESPN, and if you are a VietBet customer, you can stay very close to the action with real-time wagering, courtesy of Live Betting Ultra.
Steelers vs Bengals Odds – Pro Football Betting Line:
In the Monday night football betting odds posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, Pittsburgh will be the favorite on the road:
Pittsburgh Steelers -5
Cincinnati Bengals +5
Over 43 points -110
Under 43 points -110
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Steelers vs Bengals Odds – NFL Betting Preview
At this point, the Steelers will obviously take victories anyway they can get them, so they will accept the 31-28 win over Green Bay and move on from there. But Brett Hundley, who had struggled mightily prior to that, had a big game against them (227 yards, three TD’s). Whether a similar performance on the part of the secondary will succeed against Andy Dalton and the Bengals is anyone’s guess. But you know that Cincinnati wide receiver AJ Green can exploit a weakness if he finds it. Green has 53 catches for 809 yards this season, but on balance the Bengals have had a rather dreary campaign, with a 5-6 straight-up record (6-5 ATS). However, in the AFC, where no one has really busted loose with control of that second wild-card spot, they are only a game behind, because they have won back-to-back contests against the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns.
As the Bengals kept the Browns winless by a score of 30-16, they got a very encouraging performance out of Joe Mixon, the rookie out of Oklahoma who has only averaged 3.2 yards per carry but had 114 yards on the ground and 51 yards in receptions. Dalton had an efficient game, throwing for 214 yards, and was sacked only once. But obviously the team standing across the line of scrimmage from them was a different animal. The Steelers will provide much sterner opposition, especially as Ben Roethlisberger appears to be loosening up, with eight touchdown passes in the last two games.
And VietBet patrons should not lose sight of the production level of some of these Pittsburgh weapons. Le’Veon Bell has 1194 yards from scrimmage this season; Antonio Brown has 1026 receiving yards, and the USC rookie, Juju Smith-Schuster, it averaging over 17 yards per catch. Big Ben can now spread the ball around, and let’s not forget that he’s been sacked only 14 times this season.
We know that the Bengals have some holes on offense, but we would caution against shortchanging this team in this home game, particularly because they have the ability to stay in it with defense. Like the Steelers, Cincinnati has allowed only a dozen touchdown passes, and opposing quarterbacks have thrown for just 5.9 yards attempt against them. And Cincinnati can get some pressure on the quarterback (33 sacks). While it is true that the Steelers are more likely to do some damage with their pass rush, Mixon, who has a lot of ability, could keep them honest.
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By Charles Jay