The 7-5 Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincinnati to take on the 10-2 Bengals this Sunday with both teams coming off dominant victories last week. The Steelers won for the third time in their last 4 games as they destroyed the Indianapolis Colts 45-10. The Bengals won their second game in a row with a convincing 37-3 road win over the Cleveland Browns. They did so without tight end Tyler Eifert who missed the game with a neck injury and his status for the game against Pittsburgh is questionable. Eifert currently leads the NFL in touchdown receptions with 12 and his production will be difficult to replace if he is out for a significant amount of time.
Pittsburgh’s offense was dominant last week as it racked up 45 points and over 500 yards. Ben Roethlisbeger finished with a passer rating of 126.4 as he completed 24 of 39 passes for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns. His favorite targets were Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant who both had great games. Brown had 8 receptions for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns while Martavis Bryant had 4 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. DeAngelo Williams had success running the ball as he had 26 carries for 134 yards. The Defense shut the Colts out in the second half and had 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. The defensive line had 5 sacks for a loss of 34 yards and shut the run game down as the Colts gained only 54 yards on 18 carries.
The Bengals offense and defense looked good in the victory over the Browns. Andy Dalton completed over 70% of his passes as he finished with a quarterback rating of 93.1. He was 14-19 for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns with 0 interceptions while also rushing for a touchdown. His favorite target was A.J. Green who had 5 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Hill led a balanced run game with 22 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, they shut the Browns out in the second half and forced 2 turnovers. The defensive line shut the run game down as Cleveland only gained 68 yards on 19 carries. They also sacked Austin Davis 3 time for a loss of 25 yards and had 7 tackles for losses. In 4 of their last 5 games the Bengals defense has given up 10 points or less.
Pittsburgh is 6-4-2 against the spread this year including 2-2-1 on the road while the Bengals are 10-1-1 including 4-1-1 at home. These 2 teams last met on November 1st with the Bengals winning 16-10. Since that game, the Steelers have won 3 out of 4 and have averaged 35 points per game. Cincinnati has now won 2 games in a row following consecutive losses in weeks 10 and 11. The Bengals are favored by a field goal and have home field advantage but could be without Eifert and his 12 touchdown receptions.
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