Steelers vs. Bengals: Week 3 NFL Betting Preview – September 26, 2021

Written By Staff on September 26, 2021

AFC North rivals play in Week 3 when the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) meet the Cincinnati Bengals (1-1). The Steelers, listed at -2.5 on the spread, play host to the Bengals, with +125 moneyline odds to win, on September 26, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET on CBS. The game’s total is currently set at 42.

Before you place a bet on this game, take a look at this article for the best available odds and everything else you need to know about the matchup — from key metrics and player stats to injuries, weather, and more.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of September 26, 2021, 2:14 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Steelers Vs. Bengals Betting Odds

Steelers Vs. Bengals Player Props

Steelers Vs. Bengals Betting Angles

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Steelers Vs. Bengals Weather

The weather forecast for Pittsburgh on Sunday is dry (clear sky) and calm (9 mph winds), with a high temperature of 71 degrees Fahrenheit (as of 2:14 PM on September 26).

Steelers Vs. Bengals Injury Report

Pittsburgh Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Tyson Alualu DE Fractured Ankle Out
Stephon Tuitt DE Knee Out
T.J. Watt OLB Groin Out
Ahkello Witherspoon CB Gameday Inactive Out
Zach Banner OT Knee Out
Joshua Dobbs QB Toe Out
Rashaad Coward G Gameday Inactive Out
Dwayne Haskins QB Gameday Inactive Out
Demarcus Christmas DT Undisclosed Out
Diontae Johnson WR Knee Out
Anthony McFarland Jr. RB Undisclosed Out
Alex Highsmith LB Groin Out
Carlos Davis DT Knee Out

Cincinnati Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Xavier Su’a-Filo G Knee Out
Ricardo Allen FS Hand Out
Trae Waynes CB Hamstring Out
Fred Johnson OT Gameday Inactive Out
Keaton Sutherland G Covid-19 Out
Tee Higgins WR Shoulder Out
Khalid Kareem DE Shoulder Out
Hakeem Adeniji G Pectoral Out
Tyler Shelvin DT Gameday Inactive Out
Wyatt Hubert DE Pectoral Out
Joseph Ossai DE Knee Out
Nick McCloud CB Gameday Inactive Out

Steelers Offense Vs. Bengals Defense (2020)

Steelers Offense Stats (Rank) Bengals Defense
26.0 (12) Points/Gm 26.5 (22)
0.40 (13) Points/Play 0.42 (23)
334.6 (25) Yards/Gm 389.4 (26)
258.1 (16) Pass Yards/Gm 246.4 (12)
84.4 (32) Rush Yards/Gm 148.2 (29)
5.1 (26) Yards/Play 6.1 (27)
6.3 (29) Yards/Pass 7.3 (19)
3.6 (32) Yards/Rush 5.1 (31)
42.2% (14) 3rd Down % 43.3% (20)
63.5% (11) Red Zone % 63.8% (24)
18 (9) Turnovers 17 (27)
14 (1) Sacks 17 (32)

Bengals Offense Vs. Steelers Defense (2020)

Bengals Offense Stats (Rank) Steelers Defense
19.4 (29) Points/Gm 19.5 (3)
0.30 (30) Points/Play 0.31 (3)
319.8 (29) Yards/Gm 305.8 (3)
237.1 (25) Pass Yards/Gm 218.4 (3)
104.3 (24) Rush Yards/Gm 111.4 (10)
4.9 (30) Yards/Play 4.9 (2)
6.5 (25) Yards/Pass 6.6 (4)
4.1 (24) Yards/Rush 4.3 (12)
36.2% (30) 3rd Down % 37.4% (5)
50.0% (29) Red Zone % 55.6% (6)
24 (24) Turnovers 27 (2)
48 (27) Sacks 56 (1)

When The Steelers Have The Ball (2020)

  • The Steelers were No. 1 in the league in sacks allowed last year (14), facing the pass rush ranked 32nd, the Bengals’ (17).
  • Cincinnati ranked 27th in the league with 17 turnovers forced last year, while Pittsburgh committed 18 (ninth).
  • The Bengals allowed a score on 63.8% of their opponents’ red-zone appearances last year (24th in league), while the Steelers’ offensive red-zone percentage was 63.5% (11th).
  • Pittsburgh averaged 6.3 yards per pass attempt last season (29th in the NFL) compared to the 7.3 per pass Cincinnati allowed (19th in the league).

When The Bengals Have The Ball (2020)

  • The Bengals averaged 4.9 yards per play last year (30th in the NFL), and the Steelers allowed 4.9 per play (second).
  • Cincinnati had a 0.30 point-per-play average a year ago (30th in the NFL), while Pittsburgh allowed 0.31 per play (third in the league).
  • The Bengals conceded 48 sacks last year to rank 27th in the league. The Steelers’ defense compiled 56 (most).
  • Cincinnati averaged 319.8 yards per game to rank 29th in the NFL a season ago. They will be facing a Pittsburgh defense that ranked third, allowing 305.8 yards per game last year.

Steelers Betting Trends And Insights

  • Pittsburgh compiled a 10-6-0 ATS record last year.
  • The Steelers covered the spread six times last season (6-6 ATS) when playing as at least 2.5-point favorites.
  • Pittsburgh and its opponents combined to go over the point total eight out of 16 times last season.
  • Pittsburgh’s 17 games last season went over this contest’s total of 42 points 13 times.
  • The Steelers finished with a 9-2 record in games they were favored on the moneyline last season (winning 81.8% of those games).

Bengals Betting Trends And Insights

  • Cincinnati covered nine times in 16 games with a spread last year.
  • The Bengals had an ATS record of 8-6 when playing as at least 2.5-point underdogs last season.
  • Cincinnati and its opponents combined to go over the point total eight out of 16 times last season.
  • Cincinnati played nine games last season that finished with a combined score higher than 42 points.
  • Last season, the Bengals won three out of the 15 games, or 20%, in which they were the underdog.

Steelers Players To Watch

  • Ben Roethlisberger recorded 3,803 passing yards (237.7 per game) with a 65.6% completion percentage last season, while throwing for 33 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
  • A year ago Benny Snell Jr. churned out 368 rushing yards (23.0 per game) and scored four touchdowns.
  • Kalen Ballage amassed 303 rushing yards on 91 carries , with three touchdowns on the ground, last year.
  • Last year Diontae Johnson grabbed 88 passes for 923 yards (57.7 per game) while scoring seven touchdowns.
  • Chase Claypool’s stat line last year showed 62 grabs for 873 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 54.6 yards per game.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster totaled 831 recieving yards on 97 catches with nine TDs.
  • Last season, T.J. Watt totaled 15.0 sacks, 26.0 TFL, 63 tackles, and one interception.
  • Joe Schobert’s 2020 campaign saw him total 198 tackles, 10.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks, and three interceptions.
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick picked off four passes while adding 98 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and 11 passes defended a season ago.

Bengals Players To Watch

  • Joe Burrow threw for 2,688 yards while completing 65.3% of his passes last season, with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions (268.8 yards per game). He also carried the ball 37 times for 142 yards and three TDs.
  • Joe Mixon churned out 428 rushing yards (47.6 per game) and scored three touchdowns. He also tacked on 21 catches for 138 yards with one receiving TD.
  • Samaje Perine totaled 301 rushing yards on 63 carries with three touchdowns on the ground last year.
  • Last year Tee Higgins was targeted 108 times and recorded 67 catches for 908 yards with six touchdowns.
  • Tyler Boyd’s stat line last year was 79 catches for 841 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 52.6 receiving yards per game.
  • Drew Sample caught 40 passes on 53 targets for 349 yards and one touchdown, averaging 21.8 receiving yards per game.
  • Trey Hendrickson put together an impressive stat line of 13.5 sacks, 13.5 TFL and 28 tackles.
  • Vonn Bell collected 161 tackles and 4.0 TFL over the course of his 2020 campaign.
  • Jessie Bates III intercepted three passes while adding 140 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and 15 passes defended a season ago.

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