NFL football gambling expectations are higher than ever for the Pittsburgh Steelers after their gutty payout win with the odds NFL at Baltimore last week.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC North Division matchup of first and last place teams. CBS will telecast the game with a start time of 1 PM ET.
Sports Gambling opened with Pittsburgh as a 9 point favorite with an over/under of 40.5. These two teams met on November 8 at Cincinnati as Pittsburgh got the money in a 27-21 win.
Cincinnati has a NFL gambling record of 2-10 straight and 4-8 against the spread with 7 of their 12 games going over the total. The Bengals are coming off a 34-30 loss to New Orleans in which they did manage to cover as 6.5 point home dogs.
Cincinnati has lost 9 consecutive games straight up and is in last place in the AFC North after winning that division last year.
Despite big money spent on personnel to shore up the offense that investment has gone bust as Cincinnati ranks 22nd in the NFL for offense and 28th for points allowed on defense despite head coach Marvin Lewis having the reputation for being a strong defensive mind.
Pittsburgh has a record of 9-3 straight up and 7-5 with the NFL betting lines. The Steelers have gone under the total in 7 of their 12 games this year. Pittsburgh is coming off a gutty 13-10 come from behind win at Baltimore last week on Sunday Night Football in what was a first place showdown in the AFC North.
The Steelers are riding a 3 game winning and under streak into this one. Pittsburgh ranks 2nd in the NFL for points allowed on defense. Ben Roethlisberger has been highly effective at QB since his return from suspension.
The Bengals would not figure to have much of a straight up shot at this game although they could stay within the NFL football gambling number if Pittsburgh is hung over on their win over the Ravens. Add in the familiarity of this division rivalry series and the Steelers will need to stay focused to get the cash.