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NFL: Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction 12/23/2023

The Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) travel to face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Acrisure Stadium in Acrisure Stadium and televised on NBC. The Bengals are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Steelers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Colts. Kickoff is set for 4:30 ET.

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The Bengals Are Coming Off A Win

In their most recent game, the Bengals picked up a 27-24 win over the Vikings. Favored by 3, the Bengals finished with a push vs. the spread.

Against the Vikings’ defense, Jake Browning led the way with 324 passing yards and a completion rate of 69%. On the ground, the Bengals ran the ball 22 times for 80 yards. The team had 6 third-down conversions (46.2%).

In week 15, the Vikings placed an emphasis on their rushing game against the Bengals, recording 30 rushing attempts and accumulating 143 yards. At the conclusion of the game, Cincinnati’s defense had allowed a total of 424, with 281 yards coming against the pass.

Before their matchup against the Steelers, the Bengals have an overall record of 8-6 and have won three consecutive games. In the AFC-North, Cincinnati is sitting 3rd.

Thus far this season, the Bengals hold a record above .500 against the spread, marked at 6-7-1. Their average scoring margin in the current season is -0.3. The Bengals are currently working with an average over/under line of 44.2 points this season. Their games have been averaging 44.1 points per game, resulting in an over/under record of 8-6.

Bengals Injury Report

  • DJ Reader – Quad (Out)
  • Joe Burrow – Wrist (Out)
  • Jackson Carman – Illness (Questionable)
  • Ja’Marr Chase – Shoulder (Doubtful)
  • Joe Bachie – Oblique (Questionable)
  • Jaxson Kirkland – Wrist (Out)
  • Cam Taylor-Britt – Quad (Out)
  • Tycen Anderson – Knee (Out)
  • Devin Cochran – Knee (Out)
  • DJ Ivey – Knee (Out)
  • Devonnsha Maxwell – Knee (Out)

The Steelers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Week 15 saw the Steelers take on the Colts on the road, resulting in a 30-13 loss. Alongside their 17-point loss, the Steelers also suffered an ATS defeat. They were 1-point underdogs before the game.

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky tossed two interceptions vs. the Colts and threw for only 169 yards on 23 attempts. For the game, Trubisky had a passer rating of 68 and averaged 10 yards per completion.

Defensively, the Steelers gave up 372 total yards of offense to Indianapolis. Of these yards, 170 were gained through rushing plays, and the team’s secondary allowed 202 yards on 28 pass attempts.

This season, the Steelers hold the 4th position in the AFC-North with an overall record of 7-7. Their non-conference game record is 2-2, and in AFC action, they are AFC.

With a scoring margin of -4.1, the Steelers’ have achieved an ATS record of 7-7 so far. So far this season, Pittsburgh games are 28th in total points. Their over/under record is 4-10 and the average over/under line for their games is 39 points.

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  • Cameron Heyward – Concussion (Questionable)
  • Kwon Alexander – Achilles (Out)
  • Keanu Neal – Rib (Out)
  • Damontae Kazee – Suspended (Out)
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick – Knee (Questionable)
  • Kenny Pickett – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Elijah Riley – Ankle (Out)
  • Cole Holcomb – Knee (Out)
  • Renell Wren – Achilles (Out)
  • Cory Trice Jr. – Knee (Out)
  • Alfonzo Graham – Shoulder (Out)
  • Trenton Thompson – Stinger (Questionable)

Bengals Offense Breakdown

The Cincinnati offense is currently ranked 12th in the league, averaging 21.9 points per contest.

Looking at their performance in the passing game so far, Cincinnati is 13th in passing yards per game, where they have an average of 234.4. Additionally, their passing yards per attempt of 6.4, places them 10th in the league.

On the ground, the Bengals have carried the ball an average of 21.8 times per game and currently rank 31st in rushing yards. Their average rushing yards per attempt is 3.8.

Steelers Offense Breakdown

The Pittsburgh offense is currently positioned 25th in the league, scoring an average of 15.9 points per contest.

In terms of the passing game, Steelers have an average 177.1 passing yards per game, placing them 28th in the league rankings. At present, 55.2% of their first downs have come through the passing game.

The Steelers are currently averaging 4.1 yards per rushing attempt while carrying the ball an average of 26.6 times per game. In terms of rushing yardage, they hold the 16th position in the league.

Bengals Team Defense

The Bengals’ defense, so far, has an average of 382.4 yards given up per game and 22.2 points per contest (18th). Leading up to the game, they’ve allowed a completion percentage of 66.2% and 18 passing touchdowns. In terms of stopping the run, they are 27th in the NFL.

Steelers Team Defense

Facing the Bengals this week, the Steelers defense has allowed an average of 20 points per game. They currently rank 13th in quarterback hits and have allowed an average of 346.8 yards per contest.

Bengals vs Steelers Trends

  • Across their last three road contests, Cincinnati has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 28 points per game.
  • In their last three games at home, the Steelers have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 13 points per game in these contests.
  • Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Steelers have a straight up record of 6-4. But, their mark vs the spread was just 6-4.
  • Cincinnati has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games.

Bengals vs Steelers Prediction

I’m going with Cincinnati on the spread at -2.5. I anticipate Cincinnati’s rushing attack capitalizing on the weaknesses in Pittsburgh’s rush defense, as seen in their recent game. Don’t miss out on Cincinnati at -2.5.

Games featuring Cincinnati this season have averaged 44.1 points in total. Considering the over/under line at 38.5, I’m backing the over.

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