NFL football gambling expectations have fallen dramatically for the Cincinnati Bengals as they are a major betting on NFL football disappointment so far in 2010.
ESPN Monday Night Football will feature the Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in a key AFC North Division showdown. Sports-Gambling opened with Pittsburgh as a 4.5 point road favorite and with an over/under of 41.5.
Pittsburgh has a NFL betting record of 5-2 straight up and 4-3 against the spread and have gone under the total 4 times. The Steelers are coming off a 20-10 loss at New Orleans which snapped a 2 game winning streak.
The Steelers are the top ranked defense in the league for points allowed and running back Rashard Mendenhall has 603 yard rushing, which has been the bulk of the 27th ranked offense.
Cincinnati has a NFL gambling record of 2-5 both straight up and against the spread with 4 of their games going over the total. The Bengals are coming off a 22-14 home loss to Miami for their fourth consecutive setback.
Despite spending a lot of money to enhance the offense in the offseason the Bengals rank 18th in the NFL for scoring and the defense has slipped considerably from last year ranking 24th for points allowed.
Despite the problems this is an ideal spot for the Bengals to make a last stand at getting back in the race and defending their AFC North title.
Pittsburgh has paid out in 2 of their last 8 games against the AFC North. The Steelers have covered just 2 of their last 8 games versus teams with a losing record. Cincinnati has covered just 1 of their last 7 games at home and just 1 of their last 7 games that follow a failure to cover the spread.
Pittsburgh has gone over the total in 22 of their last 32 AFC games while the Bengals have gone over the total in 6 of their last 8 games following a failure to cover the spread.
In this head to head series Cincinnati has just 1 NFL football gambling payout in their last 9 home games against Pittsburgh. The host has covered just 4 of the last 17 matchups in this series.