Monday Night Special
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2, 3-1 road) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-5, 1-2 home)
Monday, November 8, 2010
Time: 8:35pm eastern
Weather: 36 degrees with 0% chance of precipitation.
Opening Line: Steelers -3.5/41.5
Current Line: Steelers -6/41
Last meeting: November 15, 2009 at Pittsburgh (Bengals 18, Steelers 12)
Note: Prior to beating Pittsburgh twice in 2009, Cincinnati had lost five consecutive games to the Steelers.
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ATS: Against the spread
Steelers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite.
Steelers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0.
Steelers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC North.
Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Bengals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home underdog.
Bengals are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
Bengals are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Analysis: My apologies, but I’m running short on time this afternoon, as I need to get to a radio show I co-host on Monday and Fridays here in Pennsylvania.
The way I see it, Cincinnati has lost four straight games and while they’ve (for the most part) kept it close, Pittsburgh is coming off a loss at New Orleans and looking to get back on track before a big Sunday night showdown next weekend at Heinz Field against the New England Patriots.
The bottom line is that the Steelers win two of the most important categories: Turnover differential (+9 to Cincinnati’s +4) and Yards per play average (5.42 to Cincinnati’s 5.21).
Pick: The Steelers bounce back and take down a Cincinnati Bengals team that has failed to live up to expectations this season. We’re taking the Steelers and laying the points.
Current Monday Night Record: 6-4
Who ya got?