CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers won 24-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Bengals visit the Steelers Sunday to try to get solidify their standing in the AFC Wild Card race, but the Steelers are favored by seven points.
The Cincinnati Bengals have a chance to get their first win against a division rival besides the Cleveland Browns Sunday, as they travel to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Heinz Field. The Steelers have gotten healthier of late — far more than they were at the beginning of the season, anyway — and, for that reason, the good people at Odds Shark have the Steelers as seven-point favorites.
The Bengals are 7-4 and have had an impressive season to this point, especially considering their led by a rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton who's top target is also a rookie in A.J. Green. However, the best teams they've beaten are the Titans and the Bills, so they haven't proven they're an elite team yet. They lost to the Steelers in their previous matchup three weeks ago,
The Steelers got a scare last week when Troy Polamalu left their game against the Chiefs with a head injury, but he doesn't have a concussion and will be ready to go and make Dalton's life miserable. A seven-point spread is tricky in this situation because that was the exact point differential in the Steelers' Week 10 victory, but the Bengals were at home then. Choose wisely, gamblers.