Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction | Wild Card 01-09-16

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals
NFL Wild Card Pick

Bovada Line: Steelers -3, Total: 45.5
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Steelers vs Bengals Preview

The Steelers opened as a 1-point favorite on the road against the Bengals but the line immediately shifted to a 2-point favorite by Sunday night. The reason: The Steelers have a veteran, proven playoff quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger, who is operating an offense that is clicking.

The Bengals likely will not have Andy Dalton, their leader at quarterback who remains out with a hand injury. AJ McCarron’s a pretty good backup and the Steelers’ pass defense can be porous at times. Dalton and Marvin Lewis still don’t have playoff wins on their résumé, which means those concerns will get much publicity heading into the game.

The Bengals were a 24-16 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Ravens. They failed to cover the -9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (40) made winners of PUSH bettors.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 28-12 winner as they battled the Browns on the road. The Steelers covered in the match as a -13-point favorite, while 40 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Steelers vs Bengals Betting Trends

PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games when playing Cincinnati
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Pittsburgh is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati

CINCINNATI
Cincinnati is 12-3-1 ATS in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati’s last 10 games
Cincinnati is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
Cincinnati is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Cincinnati is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 2-12-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati Wild Card Pick

The Bengals will be without Dalton on Saturday. But, is that really a loss considering his playoff performances over the years. AJ McCarron has won big games before…yes they were in college but he won. For all of the talk about the QB play. It is the defense and running games that will decide this game. The running game advantage goes to Cincinnati. The defense? Well if you don’t know the Bengals have a better defense then you should not be betting on this game. The Steelers defense can be beat. If the QB has time the safety’s will give up the big play.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals Pick:

Bengals ML & Over 45 1/2

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Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati Score Prediction:

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Bengals 27 – Steelers 24