The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their issues on the road, but the past three road games, against the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills, have all had the black and gold as favorites on the road. Not usually a welcome sight for the Steelers, but they seemed to have found their groove, and have covered the spread in each game.
Their final road game of the regular season comes this Sunday when they make the trip to Paul Brown Stadium to play the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15. Low and behold, the Steelers again find themselves as road favorites in this AFC North grudge match.
According to BookMaker, the Steelers have opened as 3.5-point favorites in the divisional game.
As I always do, it is important to note how Las Vegas usually grants the home team anywhere from 2 to 3-points for home field advantage. When you look at it from that perspective, the Steelers are viewed as nearly touchdown favorites over Andy Dalton and company. Vegas wants to move money, and this line will certainly change as the week goes on.
What will change which will move the line? The health of wide receiver A.J. Green. Green, who suffered a hamstring injury a few weeks ago, is reportedly set to return to practice Wednesday as the team begins their preparation for the Steelers game.
When it comes to Steelers vs. Bengals you never know what you are going to get. Vontaze Burfict will face Pittsburgh for the first time since the dreadful AFC Wild Card game in 2015, and the Steelers will certainly have him driving Ben Roethlisberger into the turf and delivering a late and high hit on Antonio Brown in the back of their minds this Sunday.
Should be fun to watch, but if you like the Steelers giving 3.5-points, you might want to get to the window before the line changes.