The Cincinnati Bengals recorded their first regular season win over their AFC North division rival Pittsburgh Steelers from the 2009 season
It’s a new era for both franchises, as the Bengals are coming off their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1988 season and the Steelers enter the season without retired quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the first time since they drafted him in 2004.
Here’s everything you need to know about Steelers-Bengals betting, from point spread, money line, overall over/under and expert picks (odds via FOX Bet):
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Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX)
Point Spread: Bengals -6.5 (Bengals preferred to win by more than 6.5 points, otherwise Steelers cover)
Money line: Bengals -303 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $13.30 total); Steelers +225 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $32.50 total)
Overall Over/Under Score: 44.5 points scored by both teams combined
The Steelers announced Monday that Mitch Trubisky will start at quarterback ahead of rookie Kenny Pickett, the No. 20 pick in April. Trubisky, the No. 2 pick in 2017, started 50 games from 2017-20, then played in six games as a backup last season for the Bills.
Another key to the game will be the comfort level of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, the 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Fifty-five sacks were the number for both teams in 2021. Pittsburgh led the NFL with 55 last season. Cincinnati allowed 55 sacks in 2021, third most in the league.
Pittsburgh linebacker TJ Watt was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year after recording an NFL record tying 22 sacks in 2021.
The Steelers will open the season on the road for the eighth straight season, compiling a 4-2-1 record in that span.
Pittsburgh went 8-9 against the spread (ATS) last season, going 2-1 ATS as underdogs by 6.5 points or more.
The Steelers hit the over/under (O/U) six times in 17 games last season.
Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase set an NFL rookie record with 1,455 receiving yards last season.
Burrow set single-season franchise records with 4,611 passing yards and 34 passing touchdowns in 2021.
Cincinnati was 8-2 ATS and 9-1 straight up (SU) when scoring more than 23 points in a game last season.
The Steelers lead the all-time series 67-38, but the Bengals have won the last three meetings. It ended an 11-game hitting streak for Pittsburgh.
FOX Sports Betting Analyst’s Pick Jason McIntyre:
Nobody likes the Steelers here. The Bengals just made it to the Super Bowl and rebuilt their awful offensive line after Joe Burrow was sacked a league-high 55 times. Cincy smoked Pittsburgh twice last year by a combined score of 65-20.
But I’ll happily take the Steelers in a divisional game here as a significant underdog.
The Super Bowl loser is just 4-18 ATS since 2000. More importantly, the Bengals will be starting four new linemen against TJ Watt & Co., and Cincinnati’s new group hasn’t taken a single shot in front of Burrow since he missed the entire preseason following an appendectomy. The Bengals are the better team and I am not bullish on the Steelers this season. But you don’t bet on the team, you bet on the number. And Mike Tomlin in these places is at the height. He is 19-6-2 ATS as an underdog against the AFC North in his career.
I don’t have much faith in Mitch Trubisky, and the Bengals have a big advantage in the kicking game. But I can’t go past +6.5.
CHOICE: Steelers (+6.5 at FOX Bet) to lose by less than 6.5 points (or win outright)
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