Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting news and notes. NFL Predictions have been winning at a 76.9% rate and will continue to the 2016 Super Bowl game in February 2016. The (10-6) Pittsburgh Steelers of the AFC North Division will be in the “BUCKEYE STATE” for their first round playoff matchup. Pittsburgh will play the (12-4) Cincinnati Bengals also of the AFC North. Game time is at 8:15 PM EST on the CBS Television Network. The teams will play at Paul Brown Stadium on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game is on Saturday, January 9th, 2016. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Pittsburgh Steelers are without two playmakers in the backfield. Pittsburgh is right where they want to be and are capable of making a run at the NFL title. The Cincinnati Bengals are an experienced team with a backup quarterback. Starting signal caller Andy Dalton has officially been ruled out for the wildcard contest. The Opening Betting Line has Cincinnati as a three-point Home Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total are 46-Points for Saturday’s game.
The 2015-16 Pittsburgh Steelers backed into the postseason with the help of the Buffalo Bills. Pittsburgh dropped the ball two weeks ago with a loss at Baltimore which put the New York Jets in the drivers seat. Running Back DeAngelo Williams is out for the game, leaving Ohioan Fitzgerald Toussaint as the starter. Jordan Todman will also get carries in the reserve role. Head Coach Mike Tomlin is impressed with the talent level of Toussaint, who was a great back at the University of Michigan. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wideout Antonio Brown are the main weapons on offense, tight end Heath Miller could be the “X-FACTOR” in the game. The Pittsburgh defense has to be licking their chops knowing a backup quarterback will be on the opposite side. There is little doubt the Steelers will disguise defenses and insert new blitz package to confuse the Cincinnati quarterback.
The Cincinnati Bengals lost at home to the Steelers on December 13th. Not only did they lose the game on the scoreboard. Starting quarterback, Andy Dalton broke his thumb in the red zone. The injury occurred when Dalton threw an interception to defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt and tried to tackle the mammoth of a man. The Bengals are looking to break a drought in the playoffs, head coach Marvin Lewis may be on the hot seat with another home postseason loss. Owner Mike Brown declined any rumors recently. Cincinnati has built this team for the postseason; they are deep at every position except quarterback. The rest of the team must give A.j. McCarron help and each player must give 100% on each play. The Bengals come into the game healthy at nearly every other position except quarterback. The key to a Cincinnati win is to establish dominance at the line of scrimmage.
Pittsburgh is 4-1 Against The Spread the last five between the teams.
The Betting Odds Over The Total are 6-2 the last eight meetings between the teams in Cincinnati.
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