Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers – Picks & Predictions

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Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers – Picks & Predictions

Author: Erik Gibbs | Publish Date: December 20, 2023 | Last Updated: December 20, 2023

The Cincinnati Bengals will travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16 in the NFL from Acrisure Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Cincinnati is third in the AFC North standings at 8-6, while Pittsburgh has fallen to the bottom of the division with a 7-7 record after their most recent loss.

Odds for this AFC North tilt are live across NFL betting sites with plenty of choices for local fans on Ohio betting apps and Pennsylvania betting apps respectively.

Head-To-Head: Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh

The Steelers won the first meeting between these rivals 16-10 in Week 12, the only game where their offense gained over 400 yards this season.

Since the loss to the Steelers, the 8-6 Bengals have won three straight games without Joe Burrow at quarterback, with their last victory a 27-24 overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings. They have moved to sixth in the AFC playoff standings, just behind the Cleveland Browns. A victory over Pittsburgh in this return matchup would likely end the Steelers’ playoff hopes as they try to avoid a fourth straight loss in their final home game.

The Steelers hold a 69-39 advantage in the all-time series against the Bengals. Pittsburgh averages 22 points per game against Cincinnati, while the Bengals have scored just 17.8 points per game against their division rivals and just 15.4 points in their matchups in Pittsburgh. The Steelers had won 11 straight games over the Bengals before the streak was broken in their second meeting of the 2020 season.

How to Bet on Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh

This Week 16 Saturday afternoon clash between these division rivals gives NFL fans an opportunity to make their picks using their favorite online sportsbooks. Users can browse the odds for the best value and also search for the most lucrative NFL bonuses and customer promotions available before making their picks.

Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh Odds

The Bengals are favored by 2.5 points on the spread in this road game, with moneyline odds of -138. A wager on Pittsburgh to win outright will pay +118 moneyline odds, and the over/under for this contest is 38.5 points.

Betting Tips for Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

The Bengals have won seven of their previous ten games and are 4-2 against the spread in their last six games against the Steelers. The total has gone under in ten of their previous 14 games on the road in Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati is 0-6 against the spread in the last six games vs. AFC North opponents.

The Steelers have a 1-4 record against the spread in the last five games, and the total has gone under in nine of the previous 12 matchups. However, they’re 5-1 against the spread in the last six games against division rivals and have a 13-7 record in the previous 20 games in Week 16.   

Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh Predictions

Cincinnati will start backup quarterback Jake Browning again on Saturday. He has played fantastic while leading the Bengals to three straight wins, two coming in overtime. Against an awful Steelers squad that has suffered multiple injuries to its secondary, he should have no problem helping his team extend its winning streak to four games.

Pittsburgh’s recent play has been a catastrophe. After being in the playoff hunt with a 7-4 record and three winnable games ahead, they then lost to two of the worst teams in the NFL at home and suffered a 30-13 blowout against the Indianapolis Colts. With the defense down to using practice squad players in the secondary and no consistency at quarterback, putting a quick moneyline wager down on the Bengals seems like a sure bet in this matchup.

Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals -2.5

Erik Gibbs

Erik is a dynamic and seasoned journalist with a passion for all things sports and sports betting. With a career spanning over two decades, he has become a prominent figure in the world of sports journalism, admired for his insightful analysis and engaging storytelling.