Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction, 12/21/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 15
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Monday, December 21, 2020
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati +13
Brandon Allen and the Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday, December 21, 2020. Cincinnati opens this matchup as 13-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 43.5.
The Pittsburgh Steelers head into this matchup 11-2 for this year. The last time they took the field they went up against the Buffalo Bills and took the defeat by a score of 26-15. Ben Roethlisberger went 21/37 with 187 yards passing and completed 2 touchdowns. He threw 2 picks on the day. James Conner led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 5 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for a total of 18 yards on 10 carries which means he ran for an average of 1.8 yards per run. JuJu Smith-Schuster was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 55 yards on 6 catches. He earned an average of 9.2 yards per catch for the game. The Pittsburgh Steelers rushed the ball a total of 17 times and earned a total of 47 yards which gave them an average of 2.8 yards per carry. In the game, they ran 55 plays for a total of 224 yards. For the game, the Steelers earned 14 1st downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 55 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Pittsburgh allowed 24 catches on 43 attempts totaling 230 yards, and a completion percentage of 56.0%. Against the run, the Steelers allowed 104 yards on 27 tries which is an average of 3.9 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For this contest, they conceded a total of 334 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
The Steelers have earned 4,362 total yards for the year. As a team they are averaging 89.1 yards in the run game which has them sitting 31st in the National Football League. In terms of scoring, Pittsburgh has compiled 29 touchdowns via the pass and 10 touchdowns via the ground. In terms of putting points on the board, the Pittsburgh Steelers are averaging 26.8 points per outing. The Steelers are ranked 1st in the NFL in relation to their opponents scoring, allowing 18.2 PPG. The opposition is running for an average of 4.2 yards per rush on the ground and 100.9 rushing yards per game this season. Overall, they have allowed 1,312 rushing yards through 13 contests. Regarding passing yardage, the Steelers have given up 2,628 yards which ranks them 2nd in the NFL. In their 13 games played this year, they have allowed 202.2 yards per game through the air in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 56.0%. Overall, they have surrendered 303.1 yards per contest ranking them 3rd in the NFL.
The Bengals come into this matchup with a record of 2-10-1 for this season. In their last outing they went up against the Dallas Cowboys and were defeated 30-7. Trayveon Williams paced the team in rushing for that game. He tore off a long run of 9 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He racked up a total of 49 yards on 12 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.1 yards per run. A.J. Green led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 62 yards on 6 catches. He averaged 10.3 yards per reception for that game. Brandon Allen went 27/36 with 217 yards through the air and tossed 1 touchdown. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ran the ball a total of 30 times and generated 101 yards which gave them an average of 3.4 yards per run. For the contest, the Bengals earned 18 first downs and they totaled 3 penalties for 25 yards. In all, they ran 70 plays which gave them a total of 309 yards. When discussing the defense, Cincinnati gave up 16 catches on 23 tries totaling 171 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.0%. For this contest, they allowed 272 yards but didn't add to their total of forced turnovers. On the ground, the Bengals gave up 101 yards on 25 carries which is an average of 4.0 yards per run allowed.
Over the course of the season to this point, the Bengals have racked up 2,951 passing yards along with an average of 227.0 passing yards per game, which has them sitting 23rd in the league. The Cincinnati Bengals have an average of 319.3 yards/game ranking them 29th out of all teams in the NFL. They hold an average of 92.3 yards per game on the ground and have rushed for 1,200 yards for the year. In terms of how much they score, the Bengals are sitting 30th in football maintaining an average of 18.8 PPG. The Bengals are ranked 22nd in the league regarding team defense, giving up 26.0 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.6 yards per rushing attempt and 131.7 rushing yards per game over the course of this year. Overall, they have allowed 1,712 yards via the ground game in 13 contests. Regarding passing yards, the Bengals have allowed 3,258 yards which ranks them 22nd in football. In their 13 games played, they have given up 250.6 yards per contest via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 63.2%. Overall, they are conceding 382.3 yards/game which ranks them 24th in the NFL.
Who will win tonight's Steelers/Bengals NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bengals +13
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