The Pittsburgh Steelers can go a long way to restoring some pride in Week 15 when they travel to the Cincinnati Bengals following their first losses of the 2020 season.
Mike Tomlin’s men were on course for a perfect campaign until recently, but a pair of disappointing defeats to Washington and the Buffalo Bills leave them 11-2 heading into Monday’s matchup. Still, the AFC North leaders can rest somewhat easy knowing they’ve beat the Bengals in their past 11 straight meetings, having not lost at Paul Brown Stadium since September 2013.
Pittsburgh are runaway moneyline favorites to continue the rampage against their division rivals, priced at -770 with Betrivers for Pennsylvania customers. Cincinnati (2-10-1) have lost five in a row and look all but certain to record a sixth as +585 underdogs, with the loss of quarterback Joe Burrow severely blunting their attack in recent weeks:
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals Game Info
Date: Monday, December 21
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Venue: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV Info: ESPN
Prediction: Steelers by 10. Pittsburgh Steelers Show Mettle with Bengals Win
Post-season football is already assured for the Steelers after their fine start to this season, though they’ve plenty of motivation to get back on the winning track knowing a Week 15 victory could secure first place in the AFC North.
That being said, the Pittsburgh offense has been far from its best during the recent slump.
Few can question Ben Roethlisberger’s place among this year’s best performing quarterbacks, but a combined 32 points across the Steelers’ past two games is far from where the team wants to be ahead of the playoffs:
For the Bengals, Brandon Allen has taken up as the team’s starting QB since No. 1 Draft pick Joe Burrow saw his season ended early due to injury, and not with much success. Cincinnati have, in short, looked almost afraid to score points since Week 10, accumulating a combined 50 points in their last five games—for those who didn’t major in maths, that’s a woeful 10 points per game (18.8 points per game for the season).
Pittsburgh are -141 to score first and win Monday’s meeting, though +112 odds available on the Steelers to win a matchup with under 40.5 points scored get more bang for your buck.
Steelers @ Bengals Moneyline Odds
Pittsburgh Steelers: -770
Cincinnati Bengals: +585
Odds via Betrivers PA