Bengals vs Steelers Prediction - NFL Picks 12/23/23

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) vs Cincinnati Bengals (8-6)

Game Info: Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 4:30 pm (Acrisure Stadium)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 38 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals face off on Thursday in an NFL showdown at Acrisure Stadium. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Steelers vs Bengals prediction

Mason Rudolph Expected to Start for the Steelers

Mason Rudolph is expected to start for the Steelers in this game and they hope he is the answer to get him back on the right track. In the last game against the Indianapolis Colts it was Mitch Trubisky that started and he wasn’t good enough. The offense only scored 13 points while the defense gave up 30 points and that led to the defeat. Mitch Trubisky threw two interceptions in the game. The Steelers on the season is averaging 15.9 points while their defense is giving up 20 points per game. The defense has been good, but the offense hasn’t been good overall. Minkah Fitzpatrick is dealing with a knee injury and it’s unclear if he’s going to be able to go in this game. 

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Bengals Coming off Overtime Win

The Bengals were down by 14 points in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings but they made the comeback and they were able to secure the 27-24 victory. Jake Browning completed 29 of his 42 passes for 324 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Ja’Marr Chase left the last game with an AC joint sprain and he’s already been ruled out for this game. The Bengals are averaging 21.9 points while their defense is giving up 22.2 points per game. The offense is ranked 14th in the league, and in this game they are going to need the offense to run up the score here. 

Steelers vs Bengals Betting Prediction

I don’t think it really matters who starts for the Steelers, they really don’t have a good quarterback on the roster. The Steelers on the season are averaging 15.9 points per game and they are going to really struggle to get the offense going here. Jake Browning is going to have a big game for the Steelers and that is going to be the difference here as the Bengals are going to get the job done. Back the Bengals against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Bengals -2.5

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