Last Updated on December 21, 2020

  • The Cincinnati Bengals are +13 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. The total is set to 39.5 points.
  • The Steelers are 8-5 against the spread this year while the Bengals are 7-6.
  • The Bengals have the 30th ranked scoring offense in the NFL.
  • Pittsburgh has the top-ranked scoring defense in the league.

Not too long ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) were one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl and the top seed in the AFC. Now, they are looking to snap a two-game losing streak and rediscover their winning ways. It’s helpful that they will get to play one of the worst teams in the league — the Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) — on Monday Night Football.

This AFC North matchup is expected to be a one-sided affair. Although the Steelers have not looked great over the last two weeks, the Bengals will be without their star rookie quarterback. Joe Burrow is out for the year after tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 11.

The Action Rush Monday Night Football betting guide has the best odds, interesting props, analysis, and everything else you need to know for Bengals vs. Steelers in Week 15.

 

Bengals – Steelers Odds MNF Week 15

 

The Steelers are -13 against the Bengals this week. Pittsburgh is the heavy favorite on the moneyline at -769 while Cincinnati is +580. The total is set to 39.5 points, although you can find it as high as 40.5 at some sportsbooks.

Early on in the season, the Steelers were one of the best teams in the NFL against the spread. They have faltered in the last two weeks, but they are still 8-5 against the spread this year. Although the Bengals only have two wins, they are a respectable 7-6 against the spread. Both teams tend to favor the under, with the Steelers going 5-7-1 on over/unders while the Bengals are 6-7.

 

Who Is The Public Betting On?

 

Teams

Point Spread

% Handle

% Bets

Total Points

% Handle

% Bets

Moneyline

% Handle

% Bets

PIT Steelers

-15

75%

72%

Over 40.5

54%

65%

-1000

95%

95%

CIN Bengals

+15

25%

28%

Under 40.5

46%

35%

+700

5%

5%

Full NFL Public Betting Splits

 

 

Steelers vs. Bengals MNF Player Props

Quarterback Completions Passing Yards Passing TD
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) 26.5 (Ov -115 | Un -108) 277.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 2.5 (Ov +125 | Un -157)
Ryan Finley (CIN) 16.5 (Ov -124 | Un +100) 189.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 0.5 (Ov -230 | Un +180)
Running Backs Attempts Rush Yards Rush + Receiving Yards
Giovani Bernard (CIN) 8.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 29.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 42.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Wide Receivers + Tight Ends Receptions Receiving Yards Longest Reception
Chase Claypool (PIT) 3.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 39.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 17.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Diontae Johnson (PIT)  5.5 (Ov -152 | Un +122) 62.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 21.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
James Washington (PIT)  2.5 (Ov +135 | Un -175) 23.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 14.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Juju Smith-Schuster (PIT)  5.5 (Ov +100 | Un -124) 53.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 19.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Tee Higgins (CIN) 3.5 (Ov +115 | Un -143) 40.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 19.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Tyler Boyd (CIN) 3.5 (Ov -152 | Un +122) 47.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 19.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
A.J. Green (CIN)  2.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 31.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 17.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Eric Ebron (PIT)  3.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 36.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 16.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Drew Sample (CIN)  2.5 (Ov +135 | Un -175) 21.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 12.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)

 

 

Game Preview and Betting Angles

It might not seem like it, but this is a massive game for Pittsburgh. The Steelers are going to have a tough time leapfrogging the Chiefs for the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but they can still secure home-field advantage through the divisional round if they can hold off the Buffalo Bills (10-3).

The Steelers have one of the best defenses in the league. Meanwhile, the Bengals were inept offensively when they had Burrow. Without him, they are a dumpster fire on that side of the ball. The last time they scored 20 points or more was in Week 8.

Let’s take a closer look at each team as they prepare for Monday Night Football.

 

Bengals Game Notes

The Bengals have their work cut out for them. The offensive line has been a problem all year and the Steelers might have the best pass rush in the NFL. Joe Burrow took hit after hit when he was under center and that hasn’t changed much since Brandon Allen took over.

With that said, Allen was solid in last week’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Although he only threw for 217 yards and a touchdown, he had a passer rating of 99 and averaged 6.0 yards per pass attempt. Given the disastrous offensive line and lack of weapons, that’s not a terrible showing for Allen.

Allen had to leave last week’s game early with a knee injury and his status for Monday’s game is still up in the air. Obviously, the Bengals are facing an uphill battle no matter who is under center, but they would be much better off if they have Allen rather than Ryan Finley.

Winning the turnover battle is one of the ways that NFL teams pull off massive upsets. Unfortunately, for the Bengals, they are one of the worst teams in the NFL in this regard. They rank second-to-last in the league with a -10 turnover differential. It also doesn’t help that the Steelers are tops in the NFL in this category (+11).

 

Steelers Game Notes

Ben Roethlisberger was fantastic for most of the season, but he’s starting to fade. He threw two picks and had a passer rating of 65.9 last week against the Bills and has put up four consecutive games with a passer rating under 90. The incredible chemistry he had with his receivers early in the year appears to be vanishing.

The good news is that his last great game came against the Bengals in Week 10. Big Ben threw for 333 yards, four touchdowns, and had a passer rating of 110.1. Pittsburgh fans are hoping that the Bengals are the cure for Roethlisberger’s struggles.

Despite the offense’s recent struggles, the defense is still dominant. They rank first in the NFL in scoring defense (18.2 PPG) opposing passer rating (74.2), and pass defense (202.2 YPG). They should have no problem dominating this anemic Cincinnati offense.

The biggest reason for their success on defense is their dangerous pass rush. T.J. Watt ranks second in the NFL in sacks (12) and is in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. He has four forced fumbles on the season as the Steelers lead the NFL in turnover differential (+11).

 

How To Watch Bengals – Steelers

  • Date: Monday, Dec. 21
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • TV: ESPN

Prediction: Steelers Bounce Back and Win Big!

The Steelers have burned their backers the last two weeks, but this has all the feel of a bounce-back game for the black and gold. Pittsburgh has not lost to Cincinnati since 2015. Take the Steelers laying the points as they right the ship in preparation for a deep run into the playoffs.

 

Score Prediction: Steelers win 30-3

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