Cincinnati Bengals versus Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Pro Football Pick 12-23-2012

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The Cincinnati Bengals will travel in AFC North divisional play when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL pro football game on Sunday afternoon. Kick off time from Pittsburgh is scheduled for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.

The betting odds opened up in this NFL game with the home team Pittsburgh Steelers favored by -4 points with an over under line of 43 ½ points. Early money has landed on the side of the home team as Pittsburgh is now favored by -4 ½ points. The total has moved down a ½ point to a current line of 43 points.

The two teams met back on October 21st and it was Pittsburgh posting the 24-17 road win at Cincinnati as a -1 point betting favorite. The game landed under 46 points. NFL Trend: Cincinnati Bengals are 5-1 ATS in their past six games.

Cincinnati travels to Pittsburgh with a record of 8-6 on the year. They sit one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for the NFC North crown. The team holds the final wildcard spot in the AFC conference. With a win on Sunday the Bengals will clinch a playoff spot and knock off Pittsburgh and Miami from the playoffs. A Cincinnati win also gives the Indianapolis Colts a playoff berth and all six AFC playoff teams will be set with the match ups still pending. Cincinnati has played great football down the stretch. They have won five of their past six games. After a loss at home to Dallas where they blew a nine point fourth quarter lead they bounce back by defeating Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night football 34-13 as a -4 ½ point favorite on December 13h. The turnaround for this Bengals team has come from their defense. During their past six games Cincinnati has allowed an average of 12 points per game. No sophomore slump for Andy Dalton as he has completed 62% of his throws with 26 touchdowns and 14 picks.

The Steelers are going in the opposite direction of the Bengals. The team has lost four of their past five games. They come off the overtime 27-24 road defeat last week to the Dallas Cowboys as a +1 point underdog. The total landed over 45 ½ points. The Pittsburgh defense has struggled the past two games by allowing San Diego 34 points at home two weeks ago and last week the Cowboys pile up 27 points. With all the problems the past two weeks the Steelers remain the number one defense in the NFL by allowing 273 yards per game. Issue is they haven’t played like it the past two weeks and has looked like a lower third defense in this league. Since his return from injury Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for five touchdowns and two picks. The interception against Dallas last week was crucial because it came in overtime and put the Cowboys inside the Steelers five yard line to set up the chip shop game winning field goal.

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