A rivalry that dates back over 50 years ago will resume on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers hold a 67-36 all-time series edge and both teams have the same 1-1 record entering Week 3. However, the Bengals won the last time these teams played late in the 2020 season, which ended an 11-game head-to-head win streak for Pittsburgh. Linebacker T.J. Watt (core) and wide receiver Diontae Johnson (knee) are both out for the Steelers.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The latest Steelers vs. Bengals odds list Pittsburgh as a 2.5-point favorite according to Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is 43. In select markets, Sunday’s matchup can be seen live on CBS and streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.
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How to watch Steelers vs. Bengals
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 26
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS
- Streaming: Paramount+
Week 3 NFL picks for Steelers vs. Bengals
Before you tune in to Sunday’s Steelers vs. Bengals game, you need to see the NFL picks from SportsLine’s advanced computer model. The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up almost $7,800 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception six-plus years ago. It went a sizzling 24-14 on top-rated NFL picks last season, returning more than $800. The model also enters Week 3 of the 2021 season on an incredible 122-81 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.
The model also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past five years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94 percent of CBS Sports Football Pick’em players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
For Steelers vs. Bengals, the model is backing Pittsburgh to cover as a 2.5-point favorite. With this being the first divisional game involving any of the AFC North teams, the winner will immediately go to the top of the division, while the loser goes to the bottom. With the Steelers being the reigning AFC North champions, Pittsburgh will be eager to cement itself as the division’s elite once again.
Even with their loss in Week 2, the Steelers may have discovered something they can use going forward. Rookie RB Najee Harris showed that he can be a big factor in the passing game, as he caught five passes for 43 yards and his first NFL touchdown. This came after Harris had just one catch in Week 1. The model sees Harris’ involvement in the passing game continuing and even gives him nearly as good of a chance at catching a touchdown as Bengals rookie WR Ja’Marr Chase.
The model also foresees Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continuing his success against Cincinnati. Roethlisberger has five touchdowns compared to one interception over his last two games vs. the Bengals, and the model predicts he’ll throw another two scores on Sunday. That coupled with a stout defense has the model projecting that Pittsburgh covers in over 50 percent of simulations.