Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 9/26/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 3
Game: Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Steelers (-6.5)
The Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) are traveling to Heinz Field on Sunday where they will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1). Cincinnati opens as 6.5-point dogs. The betting total is set at 47.5.
The Cincinnati Bengals come into this matchup with a record of 1-1 for this season. In their last contest, the Bengals faced the Bears and took a loss by a final of 20-17. Joe Burrow connected on 19/30 with 207 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 66.2 and finished the contest with 3 picks. Tyler Boyd held an average of 10.4 yds per reception by totaling 73 yards on 7 catches. Joe Mixon was the best rusher for the Bengals with 20 carries for 69 yds (3.5 yds per carry). In all, they tallied 54 plays which gave them a total of 248 yards. The Cincinnati Bengals ended up rushing 20 times and accounted for 69 yards, which is an average of 3.5 yards per carry. Against the run, the Bengals gave up 123 yards on 34 tries, which is 3.6 yds per rush allowed. Cincinnati surrendered 15 completions on 24 attempts for 83 yds, and a completion rate of 62.5%.
The Bengals currently have 614 total yards for the season. Cincinnati has recorded 22 first downs, and they have been called for 7 infractions for 72 yards. They have turned the ball over 4 times (3 interceptions and 1 fumble lost). As a unit they're holding an average of 109.0 yards via the ground game which ranks them 18th in the NFL. Concerning putting points on the board, the Cincinnati Bengals are sitting at 22.0 points per game.
The Bengals are sitting in 11th in the league in terms of their opponents scoring, conceding 22.0 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.4 yards per rushing attempt and 95.0 yards on the ground per game for the season. In total, they have allowed 190 yards via the ground game in 2 games. When talking about passing yardage, the Bengals have conceded 419 yards which puts them in 9th in the NFL. They are conceding 209.5 yards per outing through the air in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 70.3%. For the season, they are conceding 304.5 yards per contest which has them sitting 6th in the NFL.
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The Steelers head into this game 1-1 this season. The last time they took the field, the Steelers took a loss by a score of 26-17 against the Raiders. Ben Roethlisberger (1 TD) walked away from the contest with 295 yards on 27/40 through the air while his QB rating was 87. He threw 1 pick and his longest pass completion went for 52 yards. Diontae Johnson was a featured target for the Steelers, bringing in 9 passes for 105 yards (11.7 yds per catch). Najee Harris ran the football 10 times for 38 yds, ending the game with 3.8 yds per attempt for Pittsburgh. The Steelers finished the contest with 331 yds and they ran 56 plays (5.9 yds per play). Pittsburgh ran the football for 2.8 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 39 yards on 14 attempts. Pittsburgh allowed 25 rush attempts for 52 yds (2.1 yds per carry). The Steelers secondary conceded a completion rate of 75.7%, surrendering 373 yds on 28 for 37 through the air.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hold an average of 291.5 yards/game which ranks them 28th in the league. They hold an average of 57.0 yards via the ground game and have toted the ball for 114 yards for the season. The Pittsburgh offense has racked up 75 yards of penalties on 10 violations, which ranks 28th in the NFL in terms of helping out the other team. They have thrown 1 pick and they have been able to earn 22 first downs. During this campaign thus far, the Steelers currently sit at 469 passing yards along with an average of 234.5 passing yards per game, which ranks 18th in the league. In relation to their scoring prowess, the Steelers are sitting 24th in football holding an average of 20.0 points per contest.
Pittsburgh has conceded a total of 169 yards via the ground game (84.5 yards per outing). They have conceded 3 touchdowns through the air as well as 313.5 yards/outing, which has them ranked 29th in the NFL. Their defense has 1 turnover (1 fumble recovery) so far this season. Overall, they have allowed 42 total points. The Steelers defense has been on the field for 143 plays, which ranks 30th in the NFL. The Steelers are relinquishing 21.0 PPG, which has them sitting 9th of all teams in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bengals/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bengals +6.5
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