|2012 NFL Week 16 Bengals vs. Steelers Picks & Predictions|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Sunday, 23 December 2012 08:45|
Bengals vs. Steelers Prediction
PITTSBURGH, PA (The Spread) – A crucial game in the AFC North will take place in Pittsburgh today when the Steelers host the Bengals at 1:00PM ET. Can the Steelers keep their playoff hopes alive with a victory?
NFL Odds: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Steelers are 4-point favorites versus the Bengals while the over/under total is currently sitting at 43.5 points. Cincinnati is 8-6 overall and 5-2 on the road this season while Pittsburgh is 7-7 overall and 4-2 at home.
Line Movement: The Steelers opened as a 4-point favorite and that’s where the spread currently sits at most sports books. The total, meanwhile, opened at 44 points and is now down to 43.5 or 43 depending on the book.
Public Betting: Of the wagers currently placed on this game, 68% of NFL public bettors currently favor the Bengals. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date NFL public betting numbers.
NFL Playoff Free Pick: Take Pittsburgh. According to latest NFL trends, the favorite is 5-0 agianst the spread in the last five meetings between these two teams while the Bengals are 7-19-1 against the spread in their last 27 games versus the Steelers. Cincinnati is also 1-4 against the number in its last five trips to Pittsburgh, and the Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games versus a team with a winning road record. The Bengals might have the better record and they might even have the better team but they have a complex when it comes to playing the Steelers and Ravens. They’ve struggled to beat Pittsburgh and Baltimore over the years and with the Steelers’ backs up against the wall, don’t look for that trend to stop today.
2012 NFL FREE PICK: PITTSBURGH STEELERS -4