Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Week 1 Best Prop Bets

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Week 1 Best Prop Bets

Tyler Vaysman
2 years ago
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Cincinnati Bengals' receiver Ja'Marr Chase catches a pass during practice

The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers are set to renew hostilities during a week one NFL matchup at Paycor Stadium. When it comes to these two teams, the game will be filled with energy. Last season, the Bengals started to tilt the series in their favor with two straight wins.

Here’s a look at some prop bets to look at for the Sunday meeting between the AFC North rivals.

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Joe Mixon Over 70.5 Rushing Yards (-115)

The Steelers had a shameful running defense last season, especially by their lofty standards. Pittsburgh allowed 146.1 rushing yards per game, which ranked last in the league. Cincinnati exploited that weakness to full use last season.

In two meetings, Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon ran for a combined 255 yards on 47 carries, an average of 5.42 yards per carry. Mixon’s performance when the teams met in Cincinnati was especially devastating for Pittsburgh.

Mixon piled up 165 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-10 win. While Pittsburgh made some adjustments to their defensive line, the Steelers still have major questions at inside linebacker; Mixon should be able to get close to 100 yards again.

Mitchell Trubisky Under 227.5 Passing Yards (-115)

The Trubisky era will kick off with a team trying to adjust to second-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s offensive system. This pick isn’t a vote against Trubisky; Pittsburgh may be a place he can revitalize his career. Not so fast, however, because Pittsburgh has struggled in a big way to find a cohesive unit on the offensive line. 

Trying to plug in the holes with free agents and players drafted in the later rounds may make it difficult for Pittsburgh to move the ball, especially in a season-opener.

Joe Burrow Under 257.5 Passing Yards (-115)

The Cincinnati quarterback had a high completion percentage in both games against the Steelers last year, but didn’t pile up a ton of passing yards. Pittsburgh’s defense has a good ability to put pressure on the quarterback. The Bengals’ offensive line has had a hard time keeping Burrow upright.

However, Cincinnati doesn’t need to lean on its passing game against Pittsburgh. If the Bengals can continue to mix the run and the pass, Burrow won’t need to throw much. Cincinnati may be ahead in the fourth quarter and won’t have to force the issue.

Ja’Marr Chase Longest Reception Over 24.5 Yards (-125)

Cincinnati wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase had a more than successful rookie season. Pairing up with his former college quarterback, Chase wreaked havoc by catching 81 balls with 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 18.0 yards per catch.

The Steelers have some defensive backs they are excited about, but not a lot of experience at corner. Akhello Witherspoon intercepted three passes last season after joining the team as a free agent. Pittsburgh is high on Cam Sutton, but he’s struggled.

Expect Chase to break free at least once Sunday and haul in a big pass from Burrow.

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