The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Cincinnati Bengals on the road next Sunday afternoon and even though the team won’t have several key offensive players for that contest due to either suspension or injury, they still opened as 7-point favorites on Monday, according to vegasinsider.com.
The Bengals, who have yet to win a game this season, lost on Sunday on the road to the Oakland Raiders 17-10. In that game, Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley completed just 13 of his 31 total pass attempts for 115 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. For the season, Finley has competed just 29 of his 61 total pass attempts for 282 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in his two starts since taking over for the benched Andy Dalton. Finley has also been sacked seven times.
The Bengals leading pass catcher entering Week 12 is wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who has caught 58 passes for 598 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Auden Tate, who suffered a neck injury late in the Bengals Sunday game against the Raiders, is currently second on the team in receptions with 34 for 483 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Joe Mixon leads Cincinnati in rushing with 520 yards and a touchdown on 146 total carries. Mixon has also caught 22 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns so far this season.
Defensively for the Bengals, linebacker Nick Vigil leads the team in total tackles with 82. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins leads the Bengals in sacks with 4.5 and not too far behind him is defensive end Sam Hubbard with three sacks.
Safety Jessie Bates leads the Bengals in interceptions with two. The Bengals defense has only registered four interceptions all season, however, to go along with just five fumble recoveries.
The Steelers and Bengals have met each other 100 times (including 2 postseason games), with the Pittsburgh winning 65 games and the Cincinnati winning 35 games. Under head coach Mike Tomlin, the Steelers are 21-5 against the Bengals and that includes one postseason meeting between the two teams during the 2015-2016 playoffs.
In games played in Cincinnati with Tomlin as the head coach, the Steelers are 11-2 all-time with one of those wins being the playoff meeting between the two teams. The last time the Bengals beat the Steelers in Cincinnati was early in the 2013 regular season.