Week 13 of the NFL season ends on Monday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Paul Brown Stadium to face the Cincinnati Bengals in a battle of the AFC North with many implications in the playoffs.
The Steelers are favorites of five points. 1.5 points after opening at -6.5. The excess, or total number of points Vegas believes will be scored, is 43.
Before choosing this "Monday Night Soccer" match, you need to see what Larry Hartstein has to say.
Hartstein, the senior badyst and managing editor of SportsLine, combines an extensive network of Las Vegas sources with an badytical approach that he perfected during his years working for Pro Football Focus.
He is currently in the NFL National Team and has a run of 20-11 Monday night. Anyone who has followed his advice is great.
He has studied the Steelers-Bengals from every possible angle and has revealed a strong selection of points. He only shared it on SportsLine.
The Steelers could be without a key part of their offense with catcher Antonio Brown fighting a toe injury that will make him a playtime decision on Monday night. That would be a big blow for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense against a tough Cincinnati defense that ranks fifth in the NFL against the pbad.
Brown leads the NFL by a wide margin by receiving yards with 1,195, and will return late games with double-digit receptions. He has also scored seven touchdowns during Pittsburgh's six-game winning steak.
Pittsburgh is also catching a Cincinnati team that is playing better after starting the season on a three-game losing streak. The Bengals have won two consecutive games in part because of the appearance of rookie running back Joe Mixon, who had his best game of the season last week with 23 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown.
But that does not mean the Steelers will not be able to cover a five-point spread on "Monday Night Football."
Cincinnati has struggled against the highest level of competition this season, losing matches against current playoff contenders Tennessee, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Baltimore by an average of almost 14 points.
Even if Brown can not play tonight, the Steelers have many other weapons that can take over. Runner Le & # 39; Veon Bell leads the league running while receivers Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster have played well in recent games.
And if the October 22 clash between these teams is a good indicator, the Steelers have a great opportunity to cover this spread. They won that game 29-14; The Bengals accumulated only 179 yards of total offense and could not score in the second half.
Hartstein has evaluated all of these circumstances and found a statistic that is the x factor for which side of the extension should be everywhere. in this. And Las Vegas bookmaker Micah Roberts, who is in an NFL career 19-12, agrees with him.
So which side of the extension should you go back to in Steelers-Bengals and what critical statistics will be the x factor in this primetime showdown? Visit SportsLine now to see which side everything should be on, from the expert in a 20-11 NFL heater, and discover.