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Steelers are 3.5-point favorites against the Bengals

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

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After an upset win over the Bills in Week 1, the Steelers felt the wrath of Derek Carr and the Raiders on Sunday with a 26-17 loss in front of a crowd of 63,707 at Heinz Field in the home opener.

The Steelers, who are dealing with a plethora of injuries, host the (1-1) Bengals on Sunday at Heinz Field. Joe Haden, Devin Bush, T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith are all hampered by groin injuries, while Mike Tomlin confirmed today during his press conference that Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a left pectoral injury.

In addition, Tyson Alualu suffered a fractured right ankle in the first quarter against the Raiders and was placed on injured reserve yesterday, and Diontae Johnson injured his knee on the final play of Sunday's game against Las Vegas, so he'll be someone to monitor as well.

According to, the Steelers are currently listed as 3.5-point favorites against the Bengals and the over/under is 43.5 points.

With all the injuries, and especially in regards to Roethlisberger's left pectoral, the line for Sunday's game dropped from the 4.5 to 3.5 in favor of the Steelers.

The Bengals are 1-11 straight up in their last 12 games against the Steelers and are 1-18-1 straight up in their last 20 games on the road. Cincinnati is also 2-15 straight up in its last 17 games against AFC North opponents. The Steelers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games.

The Steelers are 67-36 all-time against the Bengals. Roethlisberger is 26-8 (including playoffs) in his career against the Bengals and 11-5 at home. Mike Tomlin is 23-6 (including playoffs) in his career against Cincinnati and 11-3 at home.

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