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The NFL gives us an exciting Week 11 AFC North battle to bet on between the 5-4 Cincinnati Bengals and the 3-6 Pittsburgh Steelers, both teams coming off Week 10 victories and in need of this divisional win to better position themselves against the first place Baltimore Ravens, with Bengals QB Joe Burrow still without star WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip) and Steelers rookie QB Kenny Pickett still adjusting to the NFL.
Pittsburgh has covered the spread in four of their last five games against AFC North opponents, and that seems likely here given how many points the oddsmakers are handing out plus the fact that they have their QB-hunting LB TJ Watt healthy and back in the lineup, the Steelers now 2-0 with Watt playing and 1-6 without him on the field, a weapon Bengals OC Brian Callahan must neutralize.
The Bengals should be well rested and with a thorough game plan after a Week 10 bye but without WR Chase, QB Burrow must rely on his other receivers – Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and TE Hayden Hurst – and HC Zac Taylor must remember that his offense also has a rushing attack featuring RBs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine that is ranked 27th but capable of much more.
This points total wager of 41 looks low in this bet until you consider the game is being played outdoors in the uncovered Acrisure Stadium subject to whatever November Pennsylvania weather pops up that day, something to check on before making any bets here, the Bengals 2-3 on the road this season while the Steelers are just 2-2 at home in the calm weathered fall.
Gamblers will want to know that eight of the Cincinnati Bengals’ last nine games against AFC opponents have gone under the total points line and that Pittsburgh is 7-1 to the under in their last eight games at home, so we like that bet here especially given these offenses average a combined 40.9 points per game this season, another sign that this might be a low scoring affair.
Be sure to check out the injury reports for both teams before making a bet since the Bengals have four defensive players listed as questionable to play including starting NT Josh Tupou (calf), while the Steelers have a half dozen coach’s decisions this week including LB Devin Bush (knee), S Minkah Fitzpatrick (appendix), and starting CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring).
The Steelers have won seven of their last eight games as home underdogs, but the Bengals are 3-0-1 in their last four games vs. AFC North opponents, so it is anyone’s guess as to who will win this game outright which is what makes this money line bet so exciting, a chance to put some action on your favorite team, either the Cincinnati favorites or the Pittsburgh underdogs.
Winning has been tough for Steelers rookie QB Kenny Pickett who has thrown way more interceptions (8) than TDs (2) as his team’s 27th ranked defense struggles to get off the field, but meanwhile the Bengals offensive line has struggled to protect their franchise QB Burrow who has already been sacked 30 times this season, too many for such an injury prone player.
For those new to sports betting, this money line bet is a simple way to add an extra thrill to the game, with a $220 bet on the Bengals to win outright paying out $100 plus your original wager and a $100 money line bet on the Steelers to win with no extra points paying out $180 plus your initial investment, a Week 11 divisional matchup that both of the teams need to win.
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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