An AFC North divisional clash goes down to close out a busy Week 15 slate as the Pittsburgh Steelers head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals.
For the Steelers, they will surely enter this contest with a bitter taste in their mouths after some lacklustre play in recent weeks. Losses to Washington and Buffalo have definitely taken away some of the shine from Mike Tomlin’s group, but the Steelers still have a division and a top-seed to clinch. In the competitive AFC though, they can’t afford to take any weeks off.
And yes that even goes for the Bengals, as the lowly 2-10-1 franchise enters Week 15 content to just ride out their season and secure another high draft pick. Since losing Joe Burrow there has been a different mood around Cincinnati, and replacement Ryan Finley is nowhere near replacing him. The Bengals haven’t looked good on either side of the football, and it’s really unclear what version of them we’ll see on Monday Night Football.
With Pittsburgh hungry for success and keen on securing a victory following last week’s loss to Buffalo, look for the Steelers to not overlook the lowly Bengals. Meanwhile, Cincinnati should have enough left in the tank to muster up once last big-effort push before riding out the rest of their campaign. Surely a Monday night primetime spot vs. the rival Steelers can get the Bengals going, right? For more analysis and a detailed betting prediction, read on beneath the posted odds for our take, as we look to make Week 15 another profitable one. Enjoy!
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds:
Pittsburgh Steelers -14 (-110)
@ Cincinnati Bengals +14 (-110)
Over 40.5 (-110)
Under 40.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pick:
Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t too pleased following his last outing, as key receiver drops prevented Pittsburgh from being more dynamic on offense. Diontae Johnson needs to be better, and perhaps a matchup against the Bengals is exactly what’s needed for this talented, yet troubled attack.
The Bengals have slowly faded with their intensity and organization on the defensive side of things, and a matchup against the skilled Steelers passing attack is not going to be easy to deal with. They can’t cover anything, and also struggle getting at opposing QB’s – a bad recipe for an offense that features Chase Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson.
Pittsburgh will likely need to deal with some important offensive line injuries, but even with those absences, it’s unlikely the Bengals can muster consistent enough pressure to get after Big Ben. Besides, the Steelers do have a reliable run game should they turn to it regularly, and Cincinnati also hasn’t shown a desire to stop the run of late. James Conner should be much-improved here in Week 15.
This matchup should also help boost the collective morale of Pittsburgh’s defense. After getting destroyed by Josh Allen and Alex Smith in subsequent weeks, look for the Steelers to gain some swagger back against Ryan Finley.
Finley is terrible, and likely the worst QB right now in the NFL. And though Cincinnati likely boasts an advantage with their receivers against Pittsburgh’s defensive backfield – there’s n chance Finley can exploit it. He struggles with reads and decision-making, is immobile, and lacks arm strength. Quite the combination for the Bengals’ backup.
Pittsburgh isn’t playing well right now, but they’re better than they’ve shown of late. They won’t overlook this spot, and will be eager to take out their frustrations on any opponent – it just so happens to be the lowly Bengals. This is a big ‘get right’ game for Pittsburgh, and except the AFC North leaders to show that they’re still the class of the division. Steelers by a ton in a Monday night blowout.