Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Date and Time: Monday, December 4, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Opening NFL Odds: Steelers -5.5, O/U 43
Steelers vs. Bengals TV Coverage: ESPN
We're still not really sure how the Steelers have gotten to 9-2. Their win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead looks worse and worse with each passing week, and the win over the Lions on the road isn't anything to write home about either. The victory over Minnesota in Week 2 was nice, but that was before Case Keenum started playing like a Pro Bowler.
The bottom line, though, is that Pittsburgh still has one of the best teams in the NFL. The team ranks No. 7 in total offense and No. 4 in total defense.
With 71 points on the board in the last two games, the Steelers have quieted the critics who have said that Ben Roethlisberger needs to hang it up.
Cincinnati isn't all the way back yet, but the team has come a long way since it scored just nine points in its first two games of the season. The Bengals have averaged a healthier 21.1 points per game since that point, and they've really found a stud in Joe Mixon.
Mixon is fresh off of a game in which he had 114 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards. He has effectively taken over the whole backfield from Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, as he really is the best of both backs crammed into one player.
Andy Dalton has really picked up his game as well. He has eight picks this season, but he hasn't been intercepted in his last five games, accounting for nine touchdowns in that span.
The Last Meeting
The Steelers haven't always had Cincinnati's number, but in these big games, Dalton has always come up short.
Cincinnati was locked in a close game with the Steelers for a half of football at Heinz Field earlier this year, but the second half was a complete and utter joke.
The Bengals ran just 51 offensive plays in the entire game and held the ball for 24:45.
Le'Veon Bell alone had 38 touches.
The only thing Cincinnati did well in that first game was keep Antonio Brown mostly under wraps. He had four receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown, but Big Ben was only 4-for-10 when targeting him.
In his 14-game career against the Bengals, Brown has 73 receptions for 1,037 yards and five touchdowns. He's consistently a thorn in the side of this team, and he could be set for an explosion on MNF.
Steelers vs. Bengals Free Picks
For as bad as we perceive the Steelers to be, the Bengals just can't figure out how to slow down any of the "Killer B's."
The bottom line: If you can't stop Bell or Brown, you're not going to stop the Steelers.
The Cincinnati defense hasn't allowed a boatload of points to anyone this year, but it hasn't exactly played against much of a schedule either. If the Jaguars and Titans were able to score in the mid-20s against this defense, we have a hunch the Steelers are going to become the first team to put 30+ on the board against the Bengals.
Shop around and see how good of a price you can get at your favorite NFL sportsbook, but we'll lean towards giving the points with the Steelers.
NFL ATS Pick: Steelers -5.5 at BookMaker.eu
NFL Score Prediction: Steelers 35, Bengals 21