2017 Season NFL Football Past Picks
October 22, 2017
This pick was released to clients on October 22, 2021 at 1:26PM ET.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Sunday 10/22 04:25 PM Eastern
2 units on Cincinnati +5.5 (-105) (risk 2 to return 3.9) RESULT: LOSS
The Pittsburgh Steelers looked horrific two weeks ago with Big Ben tossing five interceptions, but they came back and dominated the Kansas City Chiefs' offense last week. Big Ben has even questioned his own ability, if he has anything left, and it has been a tough start to 2017. Roethlisberger has a 78.2 passer rating on the season, and has thrown just seven TDs to eight INTs. His problem has been a one-dimensional passing game led by Antonio Brown's 48 catches for 700 yards, while no other receiver has more than 17 catches or as much as 250 yards. The Bengals' offense was simply not there to open the season, scoring nine points in their first two games. They should have won in Green Bay if not for another Aaron Rodgers miracle last minute drive, and have won two in a row since then. The defense should control the Steelers' offense, as Cincy is allowing just 16.7 points per game. Mike Tomlin is just 6-17 ATS after three or more straight games UNDER the total, and Cincy looks like the more consistent team. This one looks like a final-possession type game with the points looming large. The pick is on Cincinnati.