The Week 13 games on Thursday and Sunday did little to make the playoff picture any clearer, especially in the Wild Card race, where the scenario is becoming incredibly tight in both conferences. There are only a few teams that have managed to pull themselves ahead of their closest competition, and they are now on the brink of clinching a playoff spot.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the elite group, and they can take another step in the direction of the AFC North Division crown with a win on the road in Cincinnati on Monday night. Despite the early season predictions, the Bengals have had a mediocre season at best, yet they are still in the Wild Card picture. That said, they have very little room for error over the final few weeks of the season, and you feel that a loss here would make their task of reaching the postseason about as close to impossible as it gets. The Steelers are rolling right now, and are always tough to beat in prime time. The Monday night football betting odds put them as a 4 ½ point road favorite, with the point total set at 43.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals Monday Night Football Odds & Game Info

When: Monday, December 4 at 8:30 PM EST
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Radio: Steelers Radio Network
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NFL Odds:
Steelers -4.5

Why bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are once again the class of the AFC North, winning 6 straight games to get to 9-2 on the season. Talk to Steelers fans, though, and they will tell you that their team has not looked very impressive at times this season. Big Ben has not been playing at the level we expect him to, but having said that, LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown are once again putting up huge numbers and leading the league in their respective categories.

The bad news for the Steelers is that Brown may be doubtful for this one with a toe injury, but it does look as though he will dress for this one. The good news is that the Steelers are the kings of prime time, and have now won 10 straight games when playing at that time. They have won 8 of their last 10 meetings with the Bengals, and are a staggering 15-2 SU in their last 7 visits to Cincinnati. They are also 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 games on the road versus the Bengals

Why bet on the Cincinnati Bengals

You have to give some credit to this Bengals team for keeping their season alive over the past couple of weeks. They have put together back to back wins over the Browns and Broncos, and while they are still a game under .500 at 5-6, they are still within reach of the final Wild Card spot in the AFC, which is currently occupied by the Baltimore Ravens.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are 2-2 in divisional games this season, but one of those losses came versus the Steelers in a 29-14 defeat where Cincinnati was totally outplayed and outmatched. While the Bengals have been better on offense over the past couple of weeks, those performances have come against weaker teams. They are going to get a serious test against a very good Steelers D. The Bengals have won 4 of their last 6 games at home, and are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games overall.<

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

You compare the stats of these two teams and you see what appears to be a mismatch in the favor of the Steelers. This is a team that just does not lose in prime time, which is why I am taking Pittsburgh to win and cover on Monday night.

Pittsburgh Steelers 26 Cincinnati Bengals 16