Steelers vs. Bengals prediction, odds, spread, injuries, trends for NFL Week 12

A full betting preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 12 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Oct 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18)
Oct 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Pickett and the Steelers hope for a better performance on Sunday when they go on the road to play the Bengals. Pittsburgh had its two-game winning streak snapped last week in a 13-10 loss to the Browns.

The Steelers are one-point road favorites on Sunday, but that’s because the Bengals lost star QB Joe Burrow to a season-ending wrist injury in Week 11. Pittsburgh hasn’t been a fun team to bet on this season because every time you think they will win, they do the opposite.

However, Pittsburgh hopes to change its fortunes after firing offensive coordinator Matt Canada on Tuesday.

Can Kenny Pickett turn it around with a new OC calling the plays? Or will the Bengals bounce back at home after their franchise QB went down last week? Below, we’ll break down this Week 10 matchup and give our prediction using odds from DraftKings. 

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Steelers vs. Bengals Odds, Spread and Total

Steelers vs. Bengals Betting Trends

  • The Steelers are 6-4 ATS this season
  • The UNDER is 7-1 in Pittsburgh’s last eight games
  • Cincinnati is 2-2-1 ATS at home this season
  • The Bengals are 0-5 ATS in their last five games vs. AFC North

Steelers vs. Bengals Injury Reports

Steelers Injury Report

  • Minkah Fitzpatrick - S - Questionable
  • Montravius Adams - DT - Questionable
  • Elijah Riley - S - IR
  • Keanu White - S - IR

Bengals Injury Report

  • Sam Hubbard - DE - Questionable
  • Andrei Iosivas - WR - Questionable
  • Tee Higgins - WR - Questionable
  • Chase Brown - RB - IR-R
  • Joe Burrow - QB - OUT

Steelers vs. Bengals How to Watch

  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 26
  • Game Time: 1 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Paycor Stadium
  • How to Watch (TV): CBS
  • Steelers Record: 6-4
  • Bengals Record: 5-5

Steelers vs. Bengals Key Players to Watch

Pittsburgh Steelers

Diontae Johnson: The veteran wide receiver has been held to three receptions (12 targets) for 33 yards in the Steelers’ last two games after posting seven catches for 90 yards in Week 9 against the Titans.

The Steelers must find a way to get Johnson on Sunday, as they cannot consistently depend on their running game. This season, the Bengals allow 247.8 passing yards per game (sixth-most in the NFL), which means you can pass on them. If Pickett can get Johnson and George Pickens involved early, it will hopefully open up the rest of the offense.

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon: Mixon will likely see a heavier workload going forward with Burrow on the shelf for the rest of the season. In last week’s loss to the Ravens, the veteran running back recorded 100 total yards and a receiving touchdown on 21 touches. Mixon has yet to have a 100-yard rushing performance this season, but that could change on Sunday. This season, the Steelers are giving up 127.7 rushing yards and 4.4 yards per carry. Mixon has 184 rushing yards and zero TDs against AFC North teams this season.

Steelers vs. Bengals Prediction and Pick

The Steelers are hoping for better days after firing offensive coordinator Matt Canada. While it’s a good first step, Kenny Pickett still needs to play better, which has been a struggle this month (59.3% for 392 yards and a touchdown). 

It’s hard for any team to win the NFL when your quarterback averages 6.1 yards gained per pass attempt. However, the good news for Pickett is he plays behind a solid defense that only allows 20.2 points per game. If the Steelers’ defense can keep Mixon in check, which most teams have done this season, they will have a strong chance of winning.

Meanwhile, the Bengals have allowed 30-plus points in back-to-back games. Last week against the Ravens, Cincinnati’s defense gave up 405 total yards and 6.8 yards per play. Cincy doesn’t have to worry about the Steelers’ offense, but the Steelers’ defense can wreck a game and put pressure on the QB. 

Browning will look better with a full week of practice, but I don’t see Cincy having an offensive outburst against the Steelers. Therefore, the best play here is the UNDER, which has been paramount in the seven out of the Steelers’ last eight games.

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