The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to take on the Cincinnati Bengals for their second and final regular-season meeting in 2023, and boy, has a lot happened since these two franchises last met... *checks notes* just four weeks ago. These two teams will be featured in the second NFL Saturday slate of the season, with kickoff set for Saturday, December 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET from Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA.
Here’s a look at the odds for Steelers vs. Bengals in Week 16 and how the public is betting since lines opened earlier this week.
Steelers vs. Bengals Week 16 odds
Point spread: Steelers +1.5
Moneyline odds: Steelers +105, Bengals -125
As of Tuesday, December 19, the Steelers sit as 1.5-point underdogs against the Bengals, with the point total installed at 37 on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Though just one game separates these two teams in the standings, you wouldn’t guess it based on the momentum the Bengals are carrying into this outing. The Steelers have been on a three-game skid since the Steelers and Bengals met in Week 12, meanwhile, the Bengals have been on a three-game winning streak. One of those Bengals wins just so happened to have come over the Colts, who just handed the Steelers a loss themselves, having posted 385 yards of offense to secure a 34-14 victory.
The biggest surprise in recent weeks has surely been the play of quarterback Jake Browning, who’s averaged 295 passing yards per game over his four starts in Joe Burrow’s absence. He’s completed passes at a 74% clip over the past four weeks, having thrown 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions while adding another two scores on the ground. Unfortunately, Browning will be missing his top wide receiver in Week 15, as Ja’Marr Chase deals with a shoulder injury that could force him to miss a decent chunk of time. Expect him to lean on veteran wide receivers Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd as well as tight end Tanner Hudson to fill the void.
Contributing to the Steelers standing as underdogs, meanwhile, is the continued lack of production on offense, several injuries to the defense both at inside linebacker and safety, and some trouble that seems to be brewing in the locker room amidst frustrations from the team. Pittsburgh will be monitoring the status of quarterback Kenny Pickett closely ahead of this outing, who logged his first practice Tuesday since undergoing ankle surgery just two weeks ago. If he’s unavailable, the team will look to third-string quarterback Mason Rudolph amidst struggles from Trubisky over their past two outings.
On the defense, the team will be monitoring All-Pro DT Cam Heyward, dealing with a concussion. Meanwhile, they’ll also be without their top safeties, as Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee), Keanu Neal (rib) and Damontae Kazee (suspension) are all out for Week 16.
Since odds opened with DraftKings Sportsbook earlier this week, just 18% of point spread bets on this game and 19% of the handle (AKA total money wagered) on such bets has been wagered on the Steelers +1.5. The majority of bettors are also backing the under on the point total, sitting at 37 points as of Tuesday.