|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The team at the top of the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers, host the team at the bottom of the AFC North, the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. In recent Steelers news, they have signed former Packers punter Jeremy Kapinos to replace the injured Daniel Sepulveda, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The Pittsburgh Steelers should be softened up for this game after their brutal game against the Baltimore Ravens. Mike Heath will be a definite scratch after his concussion in last weekends game and Ben Roethlisberger will be a start after suffering a broken nose courtesy of Haloti Ngata.
The Cincinnati Bengals defense has been beaten up early in games and they have not been able to slow down the better runners in the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals are allowing 123 yards per game on the ground which ranks among the bottom of NFL run defenses. As a pass defense the Cincinnati Bengals are holding opposing quarterbacks 216 yards per game which is a little better than aver among NFL pass defenses.
Ben Roethlisberger and his Pittsburgh Steelers offense has not performed as a well oiled machine to this point of the season. Some of this relates to Roethlisberger missing the first four games due to a suspension. Another reason for the low production of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense is the lack of a running game behind Rashard Mendenhall.
Sportsbook lists the Steelers as the minus 9 point home favorites this weekend, with the total over under at 39.5.
Mendenhall has been improving over the last few weeks and this game against the Cincinnati Bengals could be a 100 yard game for him. The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has a decided edge over the Cincinnati Bengals defense.
This years version of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is better than ever but they have been beaten up at times. The loss up front of Aaron Smith on the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line has taken away the capability of gambling from LaMaar Woodley and James Harrison as blitzing linebackers. The Pittsburgh Steelers are still the best NFL defense against the run and they are holding opposing rushers to just 64 yards per game.