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NFL Betting: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Steelers have kept their place as one of the AFC’s elite NFL betting teams and will look to stretch their AFC North division lead when they play against the Bengals.

The Steelers (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) are coming off of a much needed bye week which gave Pro Bowl QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Willie Parker another week to recover from nagging injuries.  The Bengals (0-6 SU, 2-4 ATS) are winless so far this season and have also been winless ATS per the NFL betting line at home early in 2008.

Coming into the year, many questioned if the Steelers could maintain their spot atop the AFC North but they’ve so far proven to be the class of the division.  WR Hines Ward again leads the team in receiving with 24 catches for 316 yards and four touchdowns.

In the Steelers’ last game, they not only got revenge on Jacksonville for knocking them from the playoffs last year, but their 26-21 football wagering win over the Jaguars also gave the Steelers their first road win ATS off of the pro football gambling line so far this season.  Heading into this game, the Steelers have won three of their last four games against the Bengals.

The Bengals haven’t gotten off to the start HC Marvin Lewis would have liked, and the loss of QB Carson Palmer has turned a decent offense into a bad one.  In the two games QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has started the Bengals are 0-2 ATS with both games going under the ‘total’ per the closing NFL odds.

If there’s a bright spot for the Bengals, it is that WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is leading the AFC North in receiving with 38 catches for 400 yards and three touchdowns.  Pro football bettors should also take note that the Bengals are last in the AFC North in both offensive and defensive PPG.

With Carson Palmer out, oddsmakers installed the Steelers as lofty 9.5-point road favorites in this game with a ‘total’ of 35.5.  No matter if you want to bet the Steelers or the Bengals, the over or the under, sports bettors can agree that the best place to bet on NFL football is Sportsbook.

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