Monday Night Football takes center stage in Pittsburgh tonight when the Bengals travel to take on the Steelers. Another 2-1 day in my top plays puts me at 9-3 this year in my top picks, which I unveil on Fridays. I was also 2-1 in my player props and as a whole went 5-4 to improve my record to 28-22 on the season. Each day on CA Betting News, I will break down at least one of the NFL games for the upcoming week and give you my top picks every Friday. Here is my Monday Night Football play for Week 5 using the latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKing Sportsbook.
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers 1H Under 22.5
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds: Pit-Cin 1H Under 22.5
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Pit-Cin 1H Under 22.5
Both the Steelers and Bengals have had horrid starts to the season, but someone will win their first game of the year tonight. Both teams have also gotten off to slow starts in all of their games, with the Bengals scoring just 10 first half points combined in their last two games and the Steelers scoring a total of 16 first half points in their first three games combined. First half under have covered in 10 of the 12 primetime games this season thus far. Mason Rudolph had a rough first game in San Francisco a week ago, not completing a pass for more than 10 yards until the second half when Juju Smith-Schuster broke free on a long touchdown. His struggles will likely continue, but the Steelers defense should be able to hold down Andy Dalton and a Bengals offense has not clicked at all the first three games, hitting the 20-point mark just once all season. I don’t see this game starting out with fireworks at all. Both teams will try and get the run game going and should struggle in the pass game until the second half. I like the first half under 22.5 on Monday Night Football once again. It’s the fourth time I’ve picked it on MNF, and I’m 2-1 so far in picking them.
Prediction: Steelers 13, Bengals 7