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
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.
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.