Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction, 9/11/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 1
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Bengals (-6.5)
The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1 last year) are traveling to Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday where they will try to beat the Cincinnati Bengals (13-7 last season). Pittsburgh opens as 6.5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 44.5.
The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the year having a 9-7-1 record. In their last game of last season, the Steelers took on the Chiefs and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 42-21. Najee Harris led the offense in rushing for the Steelers with 12 carries for 29 yds (2.4 yards per carry). Diontae Johnson had an average of 6.8 yards per catch by earning 34 yds on 5 receptions. Ben Roethlisberger connected on 29/44 with 215 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 92.5 and walked away from the game without throwing an interception. In the running game, the Steelers gave up 106 yards on 22 attempts, which averages out to 4.8 yards per run allowed. Pittsburgh surrendered 31 pass completions on 40 tries for 372 yds, and a completion percentage of 77.5%. In all, they tallied 66 plays for 257 yards. The Pittsburgh Steelers ended up rushing 20 times and amassed 56 yds, which is an average of 2.8 yds per carry.
When it comes to scoring points, the Pittsburgh Steelers were sitting at 20.2 points per contest. As a team they held an average of 93.1 yards on the ground, which was 29th in the NFL. The Steelers racked up 5,361 total yards for the prior season. Pittsburgh accumulated 204 1st downs as an offense, and they committed 106 infractions for 831 yds. They gave the ball to the opposition 20 different times (11 interceptions and 9 fumbles lost). Pittsburgh earned 23 touchdowns via the pass and 10 touchdowns via the ground.
The Steelers ranked 20th in the league concerning their opponents scoring, giving up 23.4 PPG. They allowed an average of 5.0 yards per rush and 146.1 rushing yards per game for the prior season. During the season, they conceded 2,483 running yards through 17 outings. When it comes to passing yards, the Steelers gave up 3,656 yards which ranked them 9th in the league. Over the course of their 17 games played last year, they allowed 215.1 yards per contest through the air as well as relinquishing a completion percentage of 63.1%. They surrendered 361.1 yards/game which had them sitting 24th in the league. They yielded 24 touchdowns through the air and 17 running touchdowns.
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The Bengals wrapped up their year with a 13-7 record. In their last game last season, the Bengals took a loss by a score of 23-20 when they played the Rams. Joe Burrow (1 TD) walked away from the game with 263 yds on 22/33 through the air while his quarterback rating was 100.9. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his avg yards per attempt was 7.97 yards. Tyler Boyd was featured in the passing game for the Bengals, bringing in 5 passes for 48 yds (9.6 yds per catch). Joe Mixon carried the ball 15 times for 72 yards, finishing the contest with 4.8 yds per attempt for Cincinnati. The Bengals finished the contest with a total of 305 yds while they ran 61 plays (5.0 yds per play). Cincinnati ended up running for 4.0 yards per carry, finishing with a total of 79 yds on 20 carries. Cincinnati relinquished 24 attempts on the ground for 139 yards (5.8 yds per carry). The Bengals pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 66.7%, relinquishing 236 yds on 26 for 39 passing.
The Cincinnati Bengals averaged 361.5 yards per contest which was good for 13th in football. They maintained an average of 102.5 yards per game via the rush and toted the ball for 1,742 yards overall. The Cincinnati offense accrued 620 yards of penalties on 72 violations, ranking them 31st in the NFL in terms of giving up free yards. They gave away 14 interceptions while letting opponents recover 7 fumbles and they tallied 208 1st downs. Throughout last year, the Bengals threw for 4,403 yards via the pass as well as averaging 259.0 throwing yards per outing, ranking them 7th in the NFL. Concerning the points being put on the board, the Bengals sat 7th in the league averaging 27.1 points per contest.
The Bengals surrendered 22.1 points per contest, ranking them 17th of all teams in the league. Cincinnati allowed a total of 1,742 yards rushing (102.5 yards per game) and 15 touchdowns by way of the ground game last year. They gave up 26 touchdowns from the passing game and 248.4 yards/game, ranking them 26th in the league. The Bengals defense was on the field for 1,075 plays, which had them ranked 17th in the league. Last season, they surrendered 376 points in total. They totaled 21 turnovers (8 fumbles recovered and 13 picks) last year.
Who will win tonight's Steelers/Bengals NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Steelers +6.5
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