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NFL Week 3 Betting Preview: Steelers currently 4.5-point favorites against the Bengals

Both teams stumbled in Week 2 after opening with big wins.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals are facing off in Week 3 the 2021 NFL regular season. With both teams pulling off victories in Week 1 only to be brought down to earth in Week 2, this is the first AFC North matchup in the young 2021 season. With all four teams tied at 1-1, the winner of this game will hold the top spot in the North due to divisional record.

When it comes to the betting lines for Sunday’s game, the following information is the current consensus spread and over/under for the Steelers this week as reported by oddsshark.com.


Game Info: Week 3

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Betting line: -4.5

Over/under: 44.5

Last Regular Season Meeting: Steelers (L) 27-17 in Cincinnati

Win streak: 1 game CIN

Last 3 Meetings: PIT 2 - 1 CIN

Last 10 Meetings: PIT 9 - 1 CIN


The opening line on the game was at -7 following Week 1. This line moved to -5 after the Steelers loss on Sunday and settled in at -4.5 on Monday.

Being the favorites on Sunday, the Steelers have a current moneyline of -215 to win the game straight up, which is the equivalent of 20/43 odds. So a $20 bet placed on the Steelers over the Bengals would have a payout of $29.30 ($9.30 plus the original $20 bet). The Bengals have a current moneyline of +185, or 37/20 odds. Therefore the same $20 bet placed on Cincinnati to win straight up would have a payout of $57 ($37 plus the original $20 bet) .

According to Oddsshark.com, the Steelers are 3-6 against the spread in their last 9 games and are 1-4 against the spread the last 5 games played at Heinz Field. The Steelers also have gone OVER in 4 of their last 6 games and have gone UNDER in 4 of their last 6 games against Cincinnati.

If looking at the futures bets, the Steelers odds to win the Super Bowl are 35/1 after being at 28/1 after Week 1. The Steelers odds to win the AFC Championship are now 18/1 odds. As for winning the AFC North, the Steelers are currently at 37/10 odds and are still behind both the Ravens and the Browns both at 6/5 odds. The Bengals bring up the rear with 12/1 odds.