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Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Spread: Steelers -4.5 | Over/Under: 46

Monday Night Football in Week 13 is all about the AFC North. The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Paul Brown Stadium to lock horns with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 9-2 Steelers have won their last six matches. The Bengals are looking for a third consecutive win as they look to improve to 6-6. The Steelers own the all-time series lead 59-35 and have won the last four meetings. In Week 15 last season, the Steelers beat the Bengals 24-20 thanks to six Chris Boswell field goals. On paper, this game looks to be very close, but not one that would make the Ruby Fortune review. If the Bengals want to play spoiler, their going to need to execute in all three phases of the game, and avoid taking stupid penalties.

Andy Dalton has 2372 passing yards this season. He has thrown 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He has thrown multiple touchdown passes in five of his last six games. His last interception came six games ago, in the previous meeting with the Steelers.

Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for four touchdowns in each of his last two games while completing more than 30 passes in each. He has 2948 passing yards this season, with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Roethlisberger needs 238 passing yards to reach 50,000 for his career.

The Bengals leading rusher this season is rookie Joe Mixon. He has 484 yards on 150 rushing attempts, an average of 3.2 yards per attempt. He had his first career 100-yard rushing game last week against the Browns. Mixon also has 26 receptions this season for 258 yards. He is one of three rookies with at least 400 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards this season. Giovanni Bernard is second on the team with 121 rushing yards but has only 34 rush attempts this season. He has 219 receiving yards from his 19 receptions.

Le’Veon Bell is one of the true workhorse backs in the NFL. He leads the league with 981 rushing yards, while he also has the most yards from scrimmage. He has 1377. His 61 receptions are the second most on the team behind Antonio Brown. He has averaged 137 yards from scrimmage in games against the Bengals in his career.

A.J. Green has 53 receptions from 91 targets this season, bringing him 809 yards and six touchdowns. All categories are good for most on the team. He has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games, and also in each of the last two home meetings between these two. Brandon LaFell has 373 yards and two touchdowns from his 37 receptions. Second-year receiver Tyler Boyd and rookie John Ross have both contributed little this season. Boyd has nine receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. Ross has only been targeted twice and has caught neither.

Antonio BrownWith 80 receptions and 1195 receiving yards, Antonio Brown leads the league in both categories. His eight receiving touchdowns are tied for second. Twenty of his receptions have come in the last two games, along with five of his touchdowns. Brown is tied for 4th in NFL history with five games of at least 10 catches and at least 100 receiving yards.

Brown (toe) traveled with the team to Cincinnati and remains a game-time decision for Monday night’s Week 13 game against the Bengals.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is second on the team with 568 yards and five touchdowns. Martavis Bryant has taken a back seat to the youngster, with just 27 receptions for 346 yards.

Ever since Tyler Eifert was lost for the season, Tyler Kroft has been the main tight end for the Bengals. His 31 receptions and 317 receiving yards are the third most on the Bengals. Only Green has scored more touchdowns than Kroft’s five. He has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games.

Despite the team trading for Vance McDonald prior to the season, Jesse James has been the more productive tight end for the Steelers. He only has 28 receptions for 246 yards and three touchdowns. But this greatly outweighs McDonald’s five grabs for 79 yards.

 

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Neil Dutton

Neil's been playing fantasy football for ten years, including a victory in 2014 in a league arranged by NFL.com Fantasy expert Adam Rank. Huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, and follows the fortunes of the England cricket team, usually with his head in his hands for both. Neil lives with his fiancé Kate and their daughter Zoe. He is an atrocious Words with Friends player.

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