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Bengals vs Steelers Odds - Steelers get revenge, but Bengals cover

Posted by Stan Simmons on 11/10/2009 1:53:53 PM
NFL latest linesBengals vs Steelers odds represent a rematch from Week 3, when Cincinnati knocked off Pittsburgh 23-20. With both teams tied at 6-2, sports betting fans are in for a real treat as someone will take control of the AFC North.

Bengals vs Steelers odds: Steelers -7 (TOTAL: 42)

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Heinz Field
  • KEY STAT: Cincy has allowed just 17 points in its last two games
  • PICK: Bengals +7

Bengals vs Steelers odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
The Steelers have shaken off a 1-2 start to win five straight games. Monday's 28-10 road win over the Broncos was impressive, particularly in the second half. Pittsburgh is firing in all phases of the game right now.

Cincinnati is cruising after last week's convincing 17-7 win over Baltimore completed a season-sweep of the Ravens. A win over the Steelers would be massive, as it would improve the Bengals' division record to 5-0 and go a long way to securing the North.

Bengals vs Steelers odds maker breakdown: Offense
Pittsburgh's offense has been exception during the five-game winning streak. Granted, there's been some help in the form of defensive touchdowns, but you can't argue with a 29.6 per game average. Ben Roethlisberger is enjoying a fine season, but Rashard Mendenhall made his presence felt against Denver, carrying 22 times for 155 yards.

Cincy's offense relies on workhorse back Cedric Benson. The former Bears castoff ranks second in the NFL in rushing and has surpassed 100 yards in three of his last four games. Wear and tear could become a concern, though; he's on pace for nearly 400 carries. Carson Palmer has been solid if unspectacular at quarterback, though the edge certainly goes to Big Ben.

Betting Edge: Steelers

Bengals vs Steelers odds maker breakdown: Defense
The dominant Steelers defense from 2008 is back. The "D" has scored four touchdowns this season, including one against the Broncos on Monday. Safety Troy Polamalu, who missed four games with a knee injury, has two interceptions in his last three games. And good luck running on Pittsburgh right now; they've held Minnesota and Denver, both strong running teams, to just 116 combined yards the last two weeks.

The Bengals defense has been very effective as of late, allowing just 17 points in the past two games. Much of the team's success belongs to the two young corners, Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph; both players have come into their own this season. The run "D" has been exception, holding opponents to just 83.9 yards per game.

Betting Edge: Even

Bengals vs Steelers odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Bengals wideout Chris Henry was placed on I.R. with a broken arm, ending his season. He hasn't made a tremendous impact this season but it hurts Cincy's depth. Linebacker Keith Rivers is week-to-week with a calf strain, which is concerning. Pittsburgh's Lawrence Timmons is dealing with ankle issues and could sit out.

Betting Edge: Steelers

Bengals vs Steelers odds for total: 42
Cincy and Pittsburgh combined for 43 points the first time they met this season. Since then, both defenses have battened down the hatches even more. This should be what's becoming typical in the AFC North—low-scoring, physical, smash mouth football. Take the under.

Pick: UNDER 42

Bengals vs Steelers betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
Cincinnati got the best of Pittsburgh early in the season, but the Steelers were still shaking off a Super Bowl hangover. The defense is firing on all cylinders now, while the running game has been reestablished thanks to Mendenhall. It will be another ugly, tight contest. With a more-balanced attack than Cincy, Pittsburgh will avenge that Week 3 loss—but not do enough to cover at the sportsbook. Bet on Cincinnati.

STAN'S PICK: Bengals +7

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