2015 Season NFL Football Past Picks

January 09, 2016

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Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

Saturday 01/09 08:15 PM Eastern

1 unit on Game Total UNDER 45.5 +100 (risk 1 to return 2)  RESULT: WIN

The Pittsburgh Steelers almost cost themselves a playoff opportunity by failing to take care of business in week 16, losing to Baltimore 20-17. They regained their playoff status in week 17 with a win and a Jets lost in Buffalo. The Bengals have pretty much been assured a spot in the playoffs off their 8-0 start to the season. However, things have not been the same for this team over the second half of the season. The Bengals defense has been steady, but the offense went from 28.6 points per game in the 8-0 start to 23.8 ppg since. Part of that was the loss of Andy Dalton, but his playoff resume has been brutal, even if he comes back (questionable at this point). Pittsburgh has followed a similar path. They are considered one of the best offensive teams in the league, but is that true? They went on a six game rampage where they scored 30 points or more in all six games, but in their other 10 games they have reached 30 just one time and that was all the way back in week two. The defense has kept them healthy, allowing just 89 points in their last five games, or 17.8 ppg. All in all both defenses are playing well, and both offenses are not what they were at one point in the season. Since the arrival of Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati, the Bengals are 41-21 UNDER vs. good passing QBs like Ben Roethlisberger (teams averaging 235+ passing yards per game). Lewis' teams are also 39-23 UNDER vs. teams like Pitt that average 350+ yards per game. This one stays UNDER.



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