An AFC North matchup will take place at Heinz Field Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the visiting Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are coming off an upset win over the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 1, while the Steelers have yet to lose a game in 2020.
Kickoff is set for 4:25 P.M. Eastern on FOX.
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview: Keep Improving
The Bengals come into play with a record of 2-5-1; four-and-a-half games behind the Pittsburgh Steelers in the division. Cincinnati is coming off a signature win in a season that has seen its ups and downs for the Bengals. Joe Burrow threw for two touchdowns, and running back Giovanni Bernard ran for a score in the win.
Cincinnati was in control of that game from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. The Bengals are on the cusp of being a playoff contender, as they have not lost only one game by more than five points this year, that being a 27-3 loss at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.
Burrow has had an outstanding rookie campaign. He has completed 67% of his passes for 2,272 yards and 11 touchdowns while throwing five interceptions. He is one of the favorites to win Rookie of the Year, along with Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert.
Bernard, who filled in nicely for the injured Joe Mixon, will likely get the nod Sunday. Mixon is listed as doubtful and is unlikely to play.
Wide receivers Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins have both had solid seasons to this point. Boyd has 54 receptions for 584 yards and three touchdowns, and Higgins has caught 33 passes for 488 yards and three scores.
Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Preview: Continue to Win
The Pittsburgh Steelers come into play as the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. The 8-0 Steelers received a bit of a scare last Sunday when they needed to rally late to defeat the lowly Dallas Cowboys, 24-19. Dallas led for much of this game before the Steelers clamped down in the fourth quarter and outscored the Cowboys 15-0 in the final frame.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went 29-42 for 306 yards and three touchdowns in that tilt, including an eight-yard strike to tight end Eric Ebron with 2:14 to play to seal the victory. Wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster had a solid game, catching six passes for 93 yards and a score.
Roethlisberger is expected to come out of COVID-19 protocol on Saturday after being listed as a “close contact,” and should start the game.
On the season, Roethlisberger has completed 68% of his passes for 1,934 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has been intercepted just four times.
Running back James Conner has carried the ball 119 times for 520 yards and five scores. Wide receiver Chase Claypool has had an outstanding rookie season, catching 31 passes for 444 yards and five scores. Smith-Schuster has caught 45 passes for 439 yards and four trips to the end zone, and Diontae Johnson, who has battled injuries this season, has still hauled in 31 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie lists the Steelers as 7.5-point favorites. The Steelers defense has been a force for most of the season, ranking in the Top 10 in points per game, yards per game, and turnover margin.
While Burrow has looked sharp in his rookie campaign, not having Mixon to ease some of the pressure limits the Bengals’ offensive options. The Steelers defense will feast on the rookie quarterback, and Pittsburgh will remain undefeated.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers -7.5.