Steelers vs. Bengals: Week 15 NFL Betting Preview – December 21, 2020

Posted By Staff on December 15, 2020

The Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) are  underdogs in a matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) on Monday, December 21, at Paul Brown Stadium. The game has a point total of .

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of December 15, 2020, 1:41 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Steelers vs Bengals Betting Odds

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Betting the Total (Over/Under)

  • Steelers games have gone over 40.5 points on 10 occasions this season (76.9% of matchups).
  • In seven (53.8%) games this season, the Bengals have combined with their opponents to go over 40.5 points.
  • These two teams score a combined average of 45.6 points per game, higher than the total for this matchup by 5.1 points.
  • These two teams yield a combined 44.2 points per game, 3.7 higher than the total for this matchup.
  • The points total average for Steelers games this season is 45.1, 4.6 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
  • The average total for Bengals games is 44.8 points, 4.3 more than this game’s over/under.
  • The Steelers are the 12th-highest scoring team in the NFL this year. The Bengals have scored the 30th-most points.
  • Cincinnati has allowed the 22nd-fewest points in NFL play this season, while Pittsburgh has given up the fewest.
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Steelers Betting Insights

  • Six of Pittsburgh’s 13 games this year have gone over the point total (46.2% of its outings).
  • Pittsburgh is 8-5 against the spread.
  • The Steelers are just 0-1 ATS when favored by at least 12.5 points.

Bengals Betting Insights

  • Cincinnati has compiled a 7-6 record against the spread this season.
  • Just seven of Cincinnati’s 13 games this year have gone over the point total (46.2% of its outings).

Steelers vs Bengals: Head to Head

Steelers vs Bengals: Last 3 Meetings
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Yards Result
11/15/2020 Steelers Steelers -6.50 45.50 -295 +255 377-324 PIT 36-10 PIT
11/24/2019 Steelers Bengals -6 37 -250 +215 339-244 PIT 16-10 PIT
9/30/2019 Steelers Steelers -3.5 45 -182 +160 326-175 PIT 27-3 PIT

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When the Steelers Have the Ball

  • The Steelers average points scored this season (26.8) and the Bengals points allowed (26) are within 0.8 points of each other.
  • In games where Pittsburgh score at least 26.8 points this season, they are 7-0 overall and 7-0 against the spread.
  • Cincinnati is 2-4-1 overall and 4-3 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 26 points.
  • The Bengals defense has surrendered an average of 382.5 yards per game in 2020, a total 47 yards more than the 335.5 the Steelers offense has averaged per contest.
  • On average, the Steelers gain 5.1 yards per play and the Bengals give up 6.
  • When the Pittsburgh offense puts together a game with at least their 2020 average in yardage, they are 8-0 overall and 6-2 against the spread this season.
  • When Cincinnati allows fewer total yards to opposing offenses than their season average, they are 1-5 against the spread and 0-5-1 overall this season.
  • The Bengals defense has given up an average of 131.9 yards per game to opposing running games this season. That is 42.8 more yards than the Steelers have gained running the football in 2020 (89.1).
  • When Pittsburgh rushers gain at least a combined 89.1 yards this season, they are 7-0 overall and 6-1 against the spread.
  • When Cincinnati limits opposing teams to 131.9 rushing yards or fewer this year, they are 3-3 against the spread and 1-5 overall.
  • The Steelers have turned the ball over 1.1 times per game this season, while the Bengals have averaged 0.9 takeaways per contest.
  • When Pittsburgh turns the football over 1.1 times or fewer this season, they are 8-1 overall and 7-2 against the spread.
  • Cincinnati’s record this season when they force more than 0.9 turnovers: 7-3 ATS, 2-7-1 overall

When the Bengals Have the Ball

  • The Bengals score 18.8 points per game, comparable to the 18.2 per contest the Steelers allow.
  • When Cincinnati records at least 18.8 points, it is 6-0 against the spread and 2-3-1 overall.
  • This season, Pittsburgh has a 7-0 record against the spread and a 7-0 record overall in games when it holds opponents to 26.8 or fewer points.
  • The Bengals collect only 16.2 more yards per game (319.3), than the Steelers allow per outing (303.1). The Bengals average 4.8 yards per play, while the Steelers give up 4.9 per play.
  • Pittsburgh has a 5-1 record ATS and a 6-0 record overall when holding its opponents to 303.1 yards or less.
  • This season, the Bengals rack up 92.3 yards per game on the ground, just 8.6 fewer yards per game than the Steelers allow per outing (100.9).
  • Cincinnati has a 3-3 ATS record and a 2-4 overall record when the team runs for at least 92.3 yards.
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 against the spread and 6-1 overall when holding opponents to 100.9 rushing yards or less.
  • This year, the Bengals turn the ball over 1.7 times per game, 0.2 fewer turnovers per game than the 1.9 the Steelers force on average.
  • Cincinnati has a 5-0 record against the spread and a 2-2-1 record overall when it turns the ball over 1.7 times or less.
  • This season, Pittsburgh has a 6-4 record against the spread and a 9-1 record overall when it forces at least 1.9 turnovers.

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Steelers Players to Watch

  • Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 3,292 yards while completing 66.2% of his passes (345-of-521), with 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games this year (253.2 yards per game).
  • James Conner has ran for a team-leading 663 yards on 155 attempts (51.0 yards per game) while scoring five touchdowns in 13 games.
  • This year, Benny Snell Jr. has run for 274 yards on 84 carries (21.1 ypg), with three rushing touchdowns.
  • Diontae Johnson has grabbed 69 passes for 694 yards and five touchdowns. He has been targeted 113 times and averages 57.8 yards per game over 12 outings.
  • Chase Claypool has added 664 yards on 50 catches with eight touchdowns. He has been targeted 84 times and puts up 51.1 receiving yards per game.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster has caught 79 passes on 101 targets for 655 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 50.4 yards per game.
  • T.J. Watt has registered a team-leading 12 sacks, while adding 19 TFL, 47 tackles, and one interception over 13 games.
  • Avery Williamson has racked up 82 tackles, one TFL, and one interception this year.
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick has a team-high four interceptions and has tacked on 60 tackles and nine passes defended.

Bengals Players to Watch

  • This year, Brandon Allen has recorded 506 passing yards (168.7 yards per game) while going 55-for-84 (65.5% completion percentage) and throwing three touchdowns and two interceptions in three games.
  • Giovani Bernard has taken 80 carries for a team-leading 261 rushing yards (20.1 yards per game) while scoring two touchdowns in 13 games. He’s also caught 39 passes for 275 yards (21.2 receiving yards per game) with two touchdowns through the air.
  • Samaje Perine has 141 yards on 37 carries (10.8 ypg), with one rushing touchdown over the course of 13 games.
  • Tyler Boyd has been targeted 106 times and has 78 catches to lead the team with 840 yards (64.6 ypg) with four touchdowns.
  • Tee Higgins has also tacked on 58 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns over 13 games this year. He has been targeted 91 times and puts up 59.8 receiving yards per game.
  • A.J. Green has caught 41 passes on 88 targets for 419 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 32.2 yards per game.
  • Carl Lawson has registered a team-leading 4.5 sacks, while adding three TFL and 32 tackles.
  • This season, Vonn Bell has collected 94 tackles and two TFL.
  • Jessie Bates III has a team-high three interceptions and has tacked on 92 tackles, three TFL, and 13 passes defended.

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