NFL Gaming Preview
By William Stephens, Contributing Editor


2014 Regular Season Record: 2-2; Percentage: 50%

Sunday, December 28, 2014

CINCINNATI (10-4-1) AT PITTSBURGH (10-5), 8:30 PM (ET)

JUST THE FACTS


  • Stadium - Heinz Stadium
  • Capacity - (65,000)
  • Surface - Grass, Outdoor
  • Series Record - Pittsburgh 55-34 -- 0-1 in playoffs
  • Series Streak - Pittsburgh has won the last two meetings
  • Last Meeting - December 07, 2014 (Pittsburgh, 42-21 at Cincinnati)
  • Television - NBC

    TRENDS, HISTORY AND HINTS

  • CIN - 2-5 ATS L7 road games vs. PIT
  • CIN - 6-1 ATS L7 as a dog
  • CIN - 10-3 ATS L13 in Dec.
  • CIN - 5-0 to the UNDER L5 road games
  • CIN - 12-6 to the UNDER after two or more consecutive wins
  • PIT - 10-6 ATS L16 vs. AFC North
  • PIT - 8-4 ATS L12 in Dec.
  • PIT - 10-4 ATS L14 vs. teams with a winning record
  • PIT - 6-1 to the OVER L7 home games
  • PIT - 4-1 to the UNDER L5 home games vs. CIN

    WHO'S HURTIN'

    Cincinnati - QB A.J. McCarron (illness), WRs A.J. Green (arm) and James Wright (knee) and LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring) are questionable,

    Pittsburgh - TE Matt Spaeth (elbow), S Troy Polamalu (knee) and CB Ike Taylor (shoulder/forearm) are questionable.

    GAME ANALYSIS

    The Pittsburgh Steelers welcome the Cincinnati Bengals into Heinz Stadium in the final regular season game. The game will decide which club takes home the coveted AFC North title, while the loser settles for the wild card.

    While both teams are already locks to make the playoffs, there won't be any big name stars sitting out this vital game. The Bengals look to change their fortune against Pittsburgh after the Steelers manhandled them on Dec. 7 in Cincinnati. They wound up putting up 42 points in a game their offense could not be stopped. Ben Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns and Le'Veon Bell ran for 185 yards on 7.1 yards per carry.

    The Bengals have given up more than 13 points in just two of their last six games. While it may be tough to hold the Steelers to two touchdowns or less, the weather and pace of the game should help Cincinnati accomplish that feat

    Both teams have fantastic running attacks so look for Bell, Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill to get their fair share of carries.

    SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take under 47.5 points.


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