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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Point spread and odds

 NFL Week 12 will open on Thursday with the game Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers and today is a great time to look at the point spread and betting odds available on the mid-week matchup. And as you may expect, the Cincinnati Bengals (1-8-1) stand no chance against the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3), according to the bookmakers, but there is a little twist - read on.

 At the online sportsbook Bookmaker, the Steelers are naturally the ultimate favorite to win the game, sitting on odds -600 for a victory in Week 12, despite the short break the team has taken between game. And the Bengals are the top underdog of the week so far with odds to beat Pittsburgh at long +475. The Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers point spread is currently at -11 points chalk the Steelers with the game total posted by the odds makers at 34 points. And it's the big point spread which has had bettors buzzing in the past couple of days. Currently at Bookmaker, more bettors are wagering on the Bengals than on the Steelers to cover the spread. As a matter of fact, bets on the Bengals are currently the sixth most wagered on even with Bookmaker.

 Maybe it was the tie last week against the Eagles, which convinced bettors that Cincinnati can overcome +11 spread, or the short break Steelers banged-up quarterback Roethlisberger had, but most people are certainly betting against the Steelers covering the spread. Keep in mind that betting trends show that Pittsburgh is 3-6 against the spread in its last 9 games and the Steelers have covered the spread only once out of their last five games at home. Meanwhile Cincinnati is 4-2 against the spread in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh.

 Published on 11/19/2008

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