USA sports betting sites favor the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Cincinnati Bengals by 6.5-points, as the spread goes for their Week 12 NFL game on November 24 at 1:00 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 12 Odds by GTBets
|Steelers||-6½ (-110)||38 (-105)||-285|
|Bengals||+6½ (-110)||38 (-115)||+234|
Betting Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers ended a four-game winning streak with a 7-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 11. It’s the second time this season Pittsburgh’s 20th-ranking scoring offense (20.0 points per game) is held to single digits. According to the best NFL betting sites, Pitt was a field-goal road dog for that game. As such, they also failed to cover the point spread. The Steelers should count their blessings, though. The fact that Mason Rudolph left Cleveland in one piece is unto itself a moral victory.
Speaking of Rudolph, he went 23 of 44 for 221 yards with one TD, four picks, and four sacks. Pittsburgh gained just 178 passing and 58 rushing yards. The Steelers’ total, passing, and rushing offenses are all dangerously near the bottom of the barrel statistically. Their defense, which is merely mediocre, looks great by comparison. Their only strength is pass defense, which ranks 9th in the league with 223.1 yards allowed per game.
Pittsburgh is, per USA sports betting sites, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. And 2-6 ATS in their last eight games played in Week 12. The under is 4-1 in the Steelers’ last five games overall.
“We like Mason. We like what he’s done throughout this team development process,” head coach Mike Tomlin said. “He’s earned the position that he holds now, but it’ also something that he will continually earn through play. He understands that and we understand that. He didn’t do a good enough job taking care of the football in the last game, and he’s gotta take responsibility for that, and he understands that. That’s something that can’t be a part of his play moving forward on a consistent basis, but that’s anybody that occupies that role for us … job one is preservation of the football.”
Betting Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals continued their quest to become the new Browns with a 10-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 11. However, as 13-point road dogs, they at least covered the spread set by USA sports betting sites. Additionally, Cinci’s 28th-ranked scoring defense (27.6 points per game) allowed fewer than points for the first time this season. Starting QB Ryan Finley went 13 of 31 for 115 yards with one TD and five sacks. Passing is usually the Bengals’ only decent stat (they rank 17th in the league with 228.5 yards per game). That was not the case, though, against the Raiders. In any other category, offensive or defensive, they are either last (total defense, run defense) or close to it.
Cinci is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. And 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. The under is 4-1 in the Bengals’ last five games overall.
“The winless Bengals will see how their fourth-round pick [Finley] fares against the Steelers’ hard-charging defense Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, where thousands of Pittsburgh fans are expected to make it a challenging atmosphere for the home team. The psychological bruises from that 27-3 drubbing on a Monday night two months ago are still fresh,” the San Diego Union Tribune reminds us. Former starting QB Andy Dalton was sacked eight times on that occasion.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Week 12 Game Pick
The Bengals are like that rebound girl you can always count on after a bad break-up. And the Steelers are, mind you, on the rebound. Take Pittsburgh and the points.