Monday Night Football Picks: Steelers vs Bengals Predictions
The last NFL game of the week is a big one. The Cincinnati Bengals may be out of playoff contention, but they would love to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. After a Sunday full of exciting games and the college football playoffs approaching, there is no doubt this is going to be a good game. The Steelers vs Bengals predictions begin with a change at quarterback for the home team.
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Next Man Up
The Bengals are rebuilding and although the future is bright, this year is a wash. With that being said, the Bengals are making another change at quarterback.
Bengals will start QB Ryan Finley against the Steelers on Monday Night Football.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 19, 2020
Ryan Finley will get the start for the Bengals and although he is no Joe Burrow, he is familiar with the offense and has had playing time this season.
Buying into the Betting Line
Although the Bengals are a home divisional underdog at home, no one is willing to bet on this team right now. There is over 66 percent of the betting action on the Steelers although they have lost two games in a row. That amount of bets and money is really moving the spread leading up to kickoff. The Steelers were once 12 point favorites but now they are giving up over two touchdowns at 14.5 points.
Steelers Must Win?
The Steelers are already in the playoffs, so this may not seem like a “must-win”, but guess again. The Steelers have to play the Colts and the Browns to finish the season. The Browns are playing good football and are right behind Pittsburgh in the race for the AFC North. Since the Browns beat the Giants, this game becomes very important for Pittsburgh. They win and clinch the AFC North.
Notice the Numbers
The Steelers have a .671 winning percentage on Monday Night Football and they have beaten the Bengals on Monday in eight of the 11 meetings. Ben Rothlisberger can achieve a milestone on Monday night with just 163 yards passing, which adds to the motivation.
Steelers vs Bengals Predictions
The Steelers are the better team, but this spread continues to grow. If you did not bet the Steelers at less than 14 points you may have lost some value. Pittsburgh is 0-6 ATS in the last six games in December, which means covering late in the season is not a priority for this team. The Bengals respond well after a loss with a 7-3 ATS record, but the Steelers are 21-7-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings. The Steelers are the play, but its’ too dangerous to give up that many points.