Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers Free NFL Picks & Week 17 Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 12/23/2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM on CBS
Heinz Field in Pittsburgh
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With the AFC North title up for grabs, the Cincinnati Bengals (10-4-1) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5) will be playing in the biggest matchup of Week 17 on Sunday afternoon. Earlier this month, the Steelers blew out the Bengals 42-21 in Cincinnati.
The Bengals were able to lock up a playoff spot on Monday night when they defeated the Denver Broncos 37-28 at home. Their defense was solid in that win, forcing the Broncos into committing four turnovers.
Through 15 games, the Bengals have one of the better defenses in the AFC and they are near the top of the league in rushing. Running back Jeremy Hill, who crossed the 1,000 yard mark in that game against the Broncos, leads Cincinnati in touchdowns this season with nine.
Last Sunday, the Steelers picked up a playoff spot by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 20-12 at home. They didn't commit any turnovers in that win and were able to hold the Chiefs to just 39 rushing yards.
Through 15 games, the Steelers are gaining 415.4 yards per game against their opponents, which the second highest average in the NFL. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is currently second in the league in passing yards with 4,635 yards, and he has 30 touchdowns passes with just eight interceptions. Wide receiver Antonio Brown has caught 122 passes this year for 1,570 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Trends
Cincinnati Bengals are 8-6-1 Against the Spread
Cincinnati Bengals are 6-9-0 against the Over/Under
Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-7-0 Against the Spread
Pittsburgh Steelers are 9-6-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/22/14 WR A.J. Green Arm injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. Pittsburgh
12/22/14 WR James Wright Knee "?" Sunday vs. Pittsburgh
12/09/14 LB Vontaze Burfict Knee IR
12/04/14 LB Jayson DiManche Forearm IR
11/25/14 T Andre Smith Tricep IR
10/14/14 WR Marvin Jones Foot IR
10/08/14 LB Sean Porter Knee IR
09/23/14 TE Alex Smith Bicep IR
09/10/14 TE Tyler Eifert Elbow IR - designated return
12/21/14 TE Matt Spaeth Elbow expected to miss Sunday vs. Kansas City
12/19/14 LB James Harrison Knee probable Sunday vs. Kansas City
12/19/14 CB Ike Taylor Knee doubtful Sunday vs. Kansas City
12/19/14 T Marcus Gilbert Ankle probable Sunday vs. Kansas City
12/19/14 S Mike Mitchell Groin probable Sunday vs. Kansas City
12/19/14 S Troy Polamalu Knee expected to miss Sunday vs. Kansas City
12/06/14 CB Cortez Allen Thumb IR
12/02/14 DE Brett Keisel Tricep IR
09/04/14 LB Jordan Zumwalt Groin IR
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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