Week 4 is set to wrap in Heinz Field on Monday Night Football when the Pittsburgh Steelers look to tally their first win of the season against a Cincinnati Bengals squad they’ve dominated ever since Mike Tomlin took over the reins in the Steel City. The home team looks to be in good shape to finally get off the schneid with it logging eight straight wins in the recent rivalry. However, Zac Taylor’s squad has been the more competitive of the two entering the matchup. See how it all unfolds against the current NFL odds on ESPN at 8:15 p.m. ET.
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Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh Odds Analysis
The betting markets simply have no clue how to react to this game with both squads desperately in need of logging their first win of the season. With that, there’s been very little line movement to report back on since linemakers at online sportsbooks opened the Steelers up as 4.5-point favorites with a game total of 43.5. The number to beat is currently down to -4 with 57 percent of the betting handle in favor of taking the points with the visitors. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the line fall even further leading up to kick-off. The total is yet to move off the 43.5-points it originally hit the board at, but NFL bettors are now being asked to lay a price on the over with 55 percent of the bets taken to this point in support of points hitting the board. As bad both offenses have been scoring points that certainly comes as a surprise; especially when you take into account that both meetings combined for low scorers last season.
Cincinnati Bengals Odds
While the Bengals have failed to get into the win column through the first three weeks of their respective schedule, at least they’ve gone down trying. Cincinnati should’ve likely won outright as 9.5-point underdogs in front of the 12th Man back in Week 1, but settled for the tough 21-20 defeat instead. While they got waxed in the home opener against San Francisco, Joe Mixon and company exhibited a never say die attitude by battling back from a 14-0 halftime deficit to take the lead late in Buffalo before ultimately falling by a 21-17 final count. Still, they covered the game and enter this tilt 2-1 ATS on the year. The Bengals have been a lucrative investment when installed road underdogs having covered the closing NFL odds each of the last six times.
Pittsburgh Steelers Odds
Not having a healthy Ben Roethlisberger running the offense has seemingly zapped the Steelers of all their firepower. Though he was under center Week 1 in New England, you could tell something wasn’t right as he grimaced on just about every attempted pass. Then in Week 2, he ultimately succumbed to an elbow injury that will force him to miss the remainder of the season. Mason Rudolph has done little if anything to calm the nerves of Steelers Nation after throwing for just 174 yards in last week’s 24-20 loss to San Francisco. The final margin of defeat allowed for Pittsburgh to log its first pointspread cover of the season to move to 1-2 ATS overall. The Steelers have lost two of the last three times they went off the board favored at home and failed to cover each and every one of those contests.
Pittsburgh swept both meetings against the Bengals last season to rattle off an impressive eight straight wins against its division rivals. The first meeting at Cincinnati saw the Steelers rack up 481 yards of combined offense to pull the 28-21 outright win as 1.5-point underdogs. With Andy Dalton out of the mix in the Week 17 rematch at Heinz Field, Cincinnati still gave the Steelers much more than they bargained for by playing to a 16-13 final score as lofty 14-point underdogs. Regardless, it was the Bengals third straight loss in the Steel City and dropped them to just 3-7 SU and 4-6 ATS in the last 10 visits.
Cincinnati has gone on to cover the closing NFL betting line in each of its last six road games losing by an average of 3.8 points per game as a 10.4 point underdog on average; the under cashed at a 4-1-1 clip in those matchups. Pittsburgh has been a rock solid investment on Monday Night Football having come out the pointspread victor in four of its last five appearances. However, the team has mustered just four ATS covers in its last 14 home games and stands a bankroll depleting 2-5 ATS the last seven times it retook the gridiron off a straight up defeat with the under 5-1 in the last six.
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