Another Chapter in the NFL’s Bloodiest Rivalry

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Bengals vs. Steelers Week 2 Analysis

The Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the few teams chosen by football betting sites to make it all the way to the Super Bowl, and their opening game against the Washington Redskins showed a lot of promise. The Redskins are coming in as the reigning NFC East champions but were unable to make any headway into claiming the division this year. The East is notorious for always being up for grabs and last season was no exception. Washington ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs, so perhaps they aren’t as fearsome as other playoff contenders.

The Steelers ended up overcoming the ‘Skins 38-16. Pittsburgh had its fair share of obstacles to overcome in this matchup – including both injuries and suspensions, but the Steelers’ offense was still able to get the ball moving. Pittsburgh finished the day with 435 total yards on offense, but the Steelers defense wasn’t as on point; the Redskins were able to gain 384 yards themselves. The weight of the offense fell on Roethlisberger’s shoulders but the Super Bowl wining veteran had no problem carrying the weight. Roethlisberger finished the day going 27/37 for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, earning a 112.4 passer rating despite throwing 1 interception. Most football betting sites predicted a Steelers victory in their Monday night matchup, and Pittsburgh is once again the favorite in their next contest against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals are coming into 2016 as the reigning AFC North champions after finishing the season with a 12-4 record. Recently, Cincinnati has been more than impressive under Marvin Lewis – who has done a terrific job of turning this franchise around. Unfortunately for Lewis, he has yet to win a playoff game despite leading the Bengals to the playoffs time and time again. The Bengals opened 2016 by pulling a 22-23 win right underneath the New York Jets’ nose. Andy Dalton was on fire in this contest completing 23/30 passes for 366 yards and 1 touchdown, as well as 1 interception. The Bengals’ defense gave up 340 yards, but was still able to pick of Ryan Fitzpatrick to seal the Jets’ fate. Now with one under their belt the Bengals turn to prepare for one of the most brutal rivalries in the NFL. Let’s check the online NFL betting odds to see who the favorite is in this contest.

Week 2 – Sunday September 18th

Bengals +3 (+105) 48 (-110) +155
Steelers -3 (-125) 48 (-110) -175

The bad blood between the Bengals and the Steelers has been brewing for several years now and players have even taken to social media to air their true feelings. In 2015 these teams met three times and racked up a little over $200,000 in fines from unsportsmanlike conduct and late hits. With this type of interaction there’s no denying these two teams hate each other, and fans who tune into Sunday’s contest can expect to see some blood being spilled. Football betting sites may have the Steelers coming out on top, but they’ll also be coming out banged up.