Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Picks and Tips 9/30/2019
Monday, September 30, 2019
Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Heinz Field on Monday where they'll take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh opens this contest as 8.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 43.5. The Bengals are 0-3-0 ATS and 1-2-0 when betting on the total. The Steelers are 1-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 0-3-0 against the spread.
Key Cincinnati Bengals Injuries
09/24/19 DE Sam Hubbard Foot is questionable Monday vs Pittsburgh
09/22/19 DE Carl Lawson Hamstring is questionable Monday vs Pittsburgh
09/22/19 T Cordy Glenn Concussion is questionable Monday vs Pittsburgh
09/22/19 DT Ryan Glasgow Thigh is questionable Monday vs Pittsburgh
09/22/19 G Michael Jordan Knee is questionable Monday vs Pittsburgh
09/22/19 CB B.W. Webb Forearm is questionable Monday vs Pittsburgh
09/22/19 DE Kerry Wynn Concussion is questionable Monday vs Pittsburgh
09/03/19 CB Darqueze Dennard Knee PUP
09/03/19 HB Rodney Anderson Knee IR
09/03/19 T Jonah Williams Shoulder PUP
09/02/19 NT Niles Scott Foot IR
07/28/19 WR A.J. Green Ankle is out indefinitely
07/12/19 G Alex Redmond Suspension is out the first 4 games of the season
Key Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries
09/23/19 TE Vance McDonald Shoulder injured last game, is questionable Monday vs Cincinnati
09/22/19 LB Anthony Chickillo Foot is questionable Monday vs Cincinnati
09/22/19 FB Roosevelt Nix Knee is questionable Monday vs Cincinnati
09/22/19 LB Vince Williams Hamstring is questionable Monday vs Cincinnati
09/22/19 WR Donte Moncrief Undisclosed is questionable Monday vs Cincinnati
09/16/19 QB Ben Roethlisberger Elbow is out for season
The last time they took the field, the Cincinnati Bengals faced the Buffalo Bills and lost 21-17. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Bengals was Andy Dalton who went 20/36 with 249 yards passing and added 1 touchdown. He threw 2 picks in the game. Joe Mixon paced the team on the ground for the game. He broke a long run for 14 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 61 yards on 15 carries which had him averaging 4.1 yards per carry. Auden Tate led the team in receiving yardage by earning 88 yards on 6 receptions. He had an average of 14.7 yards per catch for the game.
The Bengals head into this game 0-3 this season. They are a low scoring offensive team in the AFC East and they will need to step up if they want to have a good offensive output. For total yards, they sit in 7th in the conference and 18th among all NFL teams with 1,051 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Bengals have compiled a total of 5 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing TD. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the league averaging 18 points per contest, which has them at 25th among all NFL teams. As a team, they are averaging 42 rushing yards per game which is 4th in the conference.
The Bengals have one of the middle tier defenses in the NFL, giving up 27.7 points per game ranking them 14th among AFC teams. When it comes to passing yards, the Bengals have allowed 713 yards. Opponents are completing 67.1% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 8.2 yards per attempt. They have allowed 6 passing touchdowns and 4 rushing touchdowns. In terms of yards on the ground, Cincinnati is giving up 168.7 yards per game ranking them 4th in the AFC East and 31st in the NFL. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.9 yards per carry ranking them 12th in the conference and 25th in the league overall. Overall, they have allowed 126 rushing yards through 3 games.
In the last game they played, the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the San Francisco 49ers and lost 24-20. Running the show from under center for the Steelers was Mason Rudolph who went 14/27 with 174 yards through the air and tossed 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 pick on the day. James Conner led the team on the ground during the game. He tore off a long run of 10 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He scurried for 43 yards on 13 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.3 yards per carry. JuJu Smith-Schuster led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 81 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 27.0 yards per catch during the game.
The Steelers head into this matchup 0-3. Pittsburgh hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 64 rushing yards per game, ranking them 29th in the league. As a team, they have a total of 192 rushing yards through 3 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Steelers average 269 yards per game overall which has them at 30th among NFL teams and 14th in the conference. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Steelers are ranked 3rd in the AFC North and 27th out of all the teams in the league averaging 16.3 points per game.
The Steelers are conceding 28.3 points per contest which puts them at 4th in the AFC North and 28th in the league. When talking about points allowed, they have given up 85 total points. When talking about rushing yards, they are giving up 139 yards per game ranking them 28th in the NFL and 3rd in the AFC North. This year, they have given up a total of 418 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the least effective units in the NFL. They are giving up 303 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Steelers are ranked 16th in the conference. They have conceded 7 passing TDs for this season.
Who will win tonight's Bengals/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bengals +8.5
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