Steelers Open As 6-Point Home Favorites Over Bengals In Week 7

With their big Sunday road win over the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs now behind them the Pittsburgh Steelers will now start preparing to play the Cincinnati Bengals this coming Sunday at home. According to, the 4-2 Steelers opened as 6-point home favorites over the 2-3 Bengals.

The Bengals are coming off a bye and their last game was a 20-16 home win over the Buffalo Bills. In that game, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 22 of his 36 total pass attempts for 328 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. His lone scoring toss in that contest went to wide receiver A.J. Green, who ended the game with 7 receptions for 189 yards.

For the season, Dalton has completed 104 of his 159 total pass attempts for 1,220 yards with 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. As for Green, he currently leads his team in receptions as he’s caught 32 passes for 504 yards and three touchdowns through five games played.

Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon currently leads his team in rushing with 187 yards and a touchdown on 67 total carries. The Bengals only have one rushing touchdown on the season, however.

As for the Bengals defense, that unit has registered 18 total sacks this season. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins leads the team in that statistical category with 4 quarterback take-downs with rookie defensive end/outside linebacker Carl Lawson close behind him with 3.5 sacks on the season. The Bengals defense also enters Week 7 with four interceptions on the season.

Health-wise, the Bengals got good injury news on Monday as rookie wide receiver John Ross and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick were both able to practice. Ross has been dealing with a knee injury for several weeks while Kirkpatrick is battling back from a shoulder injury he suffered during the team’s Week 5 game against the Bills.

The Bengals are 5-8-1 after bye weeks under head coach Marvin Lewis. Including one playoff meeting between the two teams, the Steelers have won 7 of the last 8 games they’ve played against the Bengals. The Bengals last win over the Steelers was in 2015 in a game that was played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

  • Zarbor

    Another trap game. Bungles are going to get up for this one. We should win but let pray we get out with out any major injury. Kinda game that can derail a season. Especially with that idiot Burfict playing

  • colingrant

    Their defense will be an excellent test, as it is statistically closer to Jax than the Chiefs. The Steelers offense is still trying to find itself. They’ve found the running game, but the passing game has yet to find any rhythm. Meanwhile the Bengals have quietly ascended to 2nd in yards allowed per game (Steelers-3rd) 2nd in points per game (Steelers-4th) and 2nd is pass defense (Steelers-1st) which is more impressive when you factor how poorly their offense has played up to this point. Often, defensive rankings are a byproduct of offensive efficiency, (time of possession, etc.), but they’ve played well in spite of it.

  • Chris92021

    Steelers are 4-5 under Tomlin when facing teams that come off bye weeks, 3-1 at home. The lone loss? The aforementioned loss in 2015 to the Bengals, which saw Big Ben come back from injury and saw Burfict take out Le’Veon Bell. I am officially worried for Sunday now.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i will be there, first game since the car accident and all the surgeries happened back in august.

  • Ralph Wagner

    All games are trap games for the Steelers if they chose not to show up. They have a bad habit of taking a game off after a big win. Hopefully that won’t be the case Sunday or for that matter the rest of the season.

    Go Steelers.

  • Milton Farfara

    Was just lurking around Bungles fan site and OH MY! I’ve commented on how some Steelers fans are never happy but wow their classless, clueless, uneducated, toothless, sleeveless plaid wearing fans take no self esteem and salty to a whole new level. No matter what the article is about all the bitch and moan about is how unfairly their model citizen players like Butthurt I mean Burfict get treated compared to Steelers and calling for multiple game suspension lol. Anybody wanting to get a good giggle should check them out. Onto the game I hope yesterday was a solid stepping stone towards the Steeler’s true potential and the spank that group of “players” like the bad babies they are.

  • Stas

    I’d love to see – I know no links but which site?

  • Big Joe

    Well, I’m no longer perked up now. Darn stats

  • Charles Haines

    don’t see the trap, this is the NFL…..the schedule came out a long time ago

  • Charles Haines

    I’ll tell you what scares the hell out of me…..heard a sound bite from DeCastro after Chiefs win saying how the Chiefs were a great team and we’ll most likely see them again in January. What would make this guy think the Steelers, a week after getting their brakes beat off by JAX, is going to the playoffs? Who plants that crap in his head? That would explain why he personally sucked out loud vs JAX and somebody on that team had better teach these guys the ol’ “one game at a time” mantra. Steelers have at least 6 more games where they will be the favorites……..don’t be shocked at 8-8.

  • Intense Camel

    Conner should get half the carries this game. #ProtectBell

  • Intense Camel

    Huge win this week so I expect nothing less than disappoint this week against the bungles. Sigh

  • Intense Camel

    I understand what you’re saying, but they’re going to the playoffs. No reason to expect anything less.

  • pittfan

    as the result of the jags thumping the steeler’s futures on a super bowl win went to 13-1. I used the dip to double down a couple hunskies at 13-1 and now it’s back down to 8-1, second only to NE. they are -450 to win the north and make the playoffs so if you are right you can claim you saw something most of vegas missed. if i’m right I’ll be having lobster for dinner for a week.

  • Orlysteel

    If they bring the same heat to Dalton that they put on Smith they’ll crush the Bengals, looking for Burfict to do something stupid in this game hope nobody gets hurt.

  • heath miller

    sadly .. this is probably true.. the steelers play up or down to the competition… lets hope for a 21-19 bengal lead .. 2 seconds to go … steelers have the ball on their 25 … bell runs for 2 yards…. out to the 27… game over.. but wait .. flags.. lots of them.. 15 yards burfict for hitting ben.. move the ball to the 42…. another flag .. pack man helmet to helmet with AB… move to the ball to the bengals side of the field .. to the 43…. the game cant end on a defensive penalty so the steelers get one more play… so we are on the bengals 43… thats a 60 yard FG attempt.. but wait.. mixon runs over to the steelers side line… beats up the steelers water”girl” …. 15 yards .. move the ball to the bengals 28…. boz dills the 45 yarder… STEELERS WIN … marvin lewis is given a 2 year extension by owner mike brown … STEELERS WIN 22-21

  • Charles Haines

    NE is the favorite in Vegas still? That is kind of surprising.

  • pittfan

    Yup! +450.

  • Rocksolid20

    LMAO !!!!

  • NCSteel

    Glad we have Ju Ju but would have loved hearing Lawson’s name called atthe time.
    3.5 sacks huh ?

  • PaeperCup

    I don’t ever consider division games to be trap games. In the AFCN it’s anyone’s game on any week. Even if we play Clev. at home, all bets are off.

  • PaeperCup

    I hate being the favorite. They don’t do well as favorites.

  • PaeperCup

    I think it was a compliment to the Chiefs, saying they will be playing in January. Also a little confidence in his own team which is not a bad thing, but more a compliment to the Chiefs.

  • DarthYinzer

    DON’T GO UP TO 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steeler Nation!

    Needed the win on Sunday, but this one would be bigger. Nice healthy lead in standings over our division rivals and at WORST would be looking at a split with 2 big rivals. Separation Sunday

  • gdeuce

    who would Lawson play over on our D?

  • gdeuce

    because previous years have to do with this year, might as well not even show up to the stadium

  • Michael

    I don’t care about the spread. Games are mostly won or lost prior to stepping on the field. As we’ve seen with Green Bay, everyone needs to practice like a starter and prepare to be the next man up.

  • Dan

    Now really, the chances of all those things happening together have got to be less than 40%.

  • heath miller

    actually less than 4% hahaha… but we are talking about the benglas … so i put it at 41% lol