The Bengals and Steelers were already able to grab spots for the playoffs, but price per head agents know that they’ll fight for the title of the AFC North and get the chance to host a postseason meeting when they square off on Sunday night at Heinz Field in Week 17.
Cincinnati got a spot for the playoffs after they beat the Broncos 37-28 as the dogs at home on Monday by 3.5 points, while Pittsburgh will try to defeat the Bengals for the second consecutive time in four weeks after a win of 42-21 being the favorites on the road on December 7 by three points.
The betting line opened with the Steelers as the favorites by three points, and 48 was the total.
Cincinnati were able to win four consecutive games on the road, as they went 3-1 ATS, and they’re leaving their season’s biggest win against the Broncos. That victory over Denver should be able to give the team a lot of confidence, particularly when it comes to defense, as the Bengals picked off Peyton Manning – future Hall of Fame player – on four occasions, and one of their picks were returned for a TD.
In the first game, the very famous Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was able to throw for 350 yards and 3 TD’s, while on their ground game, 185 yards and an additional two TD’s were added by RB Le’Veon Bell, and both of these came in a fourth quarter of 25 points.
Later in their game, being able to keep Manning and the Broncos’ offense under control will be what will help Cincinnati think that they’re also able to put a stop to Pittsburgh.
The Steelers recently beat the Chiefs 20-12 as the favorites at home by 2.5 points, which would be their third win in a row, and be able to cover since they lost at Heinz Field to the Saints 35-32 as the favorites by four points.
Pittsburgh were able to limit Kansas City to only four field goals, and held Chiefs RB’s Knile Davis and Jamaal Charles, with a combination of 31 yards made on the 11 times that they carried the ball. The team’s running defense is set to be put to the test by Bengals rookie RB Jeremy Hill, but during the first game, the player only had a total of 46 yards on the eight times that he carried the ball.
Hill was able to run for 147 yards, which include an 85-yard TD in the game against Denver. But lately the Steelers did a very good job on the field and against the run they now have an NFL ranking of sixth place, and only 99.3 yards-per- game were given up by them.
Even though the Bengals already got a spot in the playoffs, they will have nearly the same amount of pressure to take out the Steelers as they would if this was a game that must be won. The odds are clearly in favor of the Steelers in this meeting to even consider Bengals, but price per head agents believe that Cincinnati will be the ones to win as well as cover this crucial meeting.