Bengals vs Steelers: The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers have had many battles for the AFC North title. On Monday Night Football, they’ll fight to see who leaves Heinz Field still winless after four games. Their heated rivalry renews in a prime-time showdown, with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. ET.
Bengals rookie coach Zac Taylor seeks his first career victory following a 21-17 loss to the Bills last week, while Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph will make his second career start while filling in for the injured Ben Roethlisberger (elbow). His first effort came up short as the Steelers (0-3) fell 24-20 the 49ers in Week 3.
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The Bengals (0-3) haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 2015. Pittsburgh is a 3.5-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 45 in the latest Steelers vs. Bengals odds. Before finalizing your Bengals vs. Steelers picks, see the NFL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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It’s also on a 79-53 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. And in Week 3, it was all over the Saints (+5) without Drew Brees covering against the Seahawks and Daniel Jones leading the Giants (+5) to the cover against the Bucs.
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Now, the model has dialed in on Steelers vs. Bengals on Monday Night Football. We can tell you it is leaning under, and it also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. That one is only available at SportsLine.
The model knows Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner told the media that the coaching staff was impressed with Rudolph’s NFL debut as a starter. But they’ll encourage the second-year quarterback to be more aggressive on Monday night. Fichtner noted that, aside from his touchdown passes and several other attempts, most of Rudolph’s passes were thrown near the line of scrimmage. The coordinator said the staff also will call more plays that give Rudolph an opportunity to make plays downfield.
The AFC North is a bit of a jumble so far this season. The Browns have looked terrible, but are somehow in first place. The Ravens shot out of the gates on fire, but have lost back-to-back games to drop to 2-2 and sit in second in the division.
The Steelers and Bengals, meanwhile, have matching 0-3 records. Neither team looks like a threat to do much of anything. Pittsburgh underwent a ton of off season changes for the first time in a while and then lost its starting quarterback to injury. Cincinnati made changes for the first time in an even longer while. And is struggling to gain a foothold under a new coach.
It’s in this environment that the Steelers and Bengals square off in the Week 4 edition of Monday Night Football. Let’s quickly break things down.