Bengals vs Steelers 2019 NFL Week 4 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 27, 2019 in

This week’s Monday Night Football game is a battle for the AFC North basement. The winless Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the winless Steelers in a matchup of 0-3 teams.

The Bengals are trying to avoid their first 0-4 start since 2008, while the Steelers are searching for an identity, as their leader, Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow injury. Let’s check the latest NFL Odds while making some predictions.

Bengals vs Steelers 2019 NFL Week 4 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Cincinnati Seeking Improvement

The Bengals, under first year head coach Zac Taylor, have yet to play a complete game. Offensively, the Bengals have been moving the football and putting up some points, but it has been a struggle on the defensive side of the ball.

The often-criticized Andy Dalton has thrown for 978 yards and five touchdowns. While the Bengals have been able to move the ball through the air, the same can’t be said for the ground game. Joe Mixon has been held to 88 yards on the ground. The Bengals have averaged just 42 rushing yards per game. Defensively, the Bengals have been a train wreck.

Over the past two games, the Bengals have given almost 1,000 yards of offense. The only thing going for the Bengals defense in tinst the Bengals, winning the last eight in a row.

Pittsburgh Winless in 3

As for the Steelers, 2019 has been a season of change for the black and gold. After losing Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, now the Steelers have lost Ben Roethlisberger. Enter Mason Rudolph. Rudolph has been average in his first two games.

Unfortunately for the Steelers, Rudolph haas been unable to stretch defenses, which has hurt the Steelers running attack. Since Rudolph has taken over, the Steelers have averaged only 64 yards rushing per game.  The Steelers defense was really coming on at the end of 2018.

Unfortunately, 2019 hasn’t been so good to the Pittsburgh defense. The Steelers have given up over 400 yards of offense in all three games. The passing defense has been particularly bad, as they have given up 950 yards in the air.

Bengals vs Steelers should be a defensive game.

With the weak Bengals defense, Mason Rudolph should be able to move the football. If Rudolph can get the passing game going, that will open things up for James Connor.

Rudolph needs to develop some chemistry with JuJu Smith-Schuster, and if he does, Pittsburgh’s offense will be in much better shape.

The same can be said for the Bengals offense. Pittsburgh’s passing defense has been atrocious. If Dalton can move the ball down the field in the air, then Joe Mixon should be able to get some openings.

Bengals vs Steelers a Defensive Game

This game will be decided by which offense plays the best. With both teams having weak defenses, this will come down to which offense can execute the best.

If Mason Rudolph can step up his game, the advantage will go to the Steelers, who will also have the home field advantage. If Andy Dalton can make some big plays, the Bengals could sneak out of Pittsburgh with a much-needed victory.