2016 NFL Playoffs
AFC Wild Card Game
#6 Pittsburgh Steelers at #3 Cincinnati Bengals
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8:15 pm Eastern, TV: CBS
Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio
All Props Courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbooks
Let’s take a look at some of the team and player props for the second Wild Card game of the weekend between AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Which team scores first? (Pittsburgh -130 / Cincinnati +100)
Pittsburgh is a 3 point favorite on the road. I think they score first in the game.
Will either team score three straight times? (Yes -225 / No +175)
These teams just played last month. Despite losing quarterback Andy Dalton early in the game to a broken thumb, Cincinnati never trailed by more than 16 points. Dalton is still out and back-up A.J. McCarron has done a serviceable job as his replacement. I think no is a good bet for this prop.
Will either team make a field goal of 44 yards or more? (Yes -115 / No -115)
Both kickers have strong legs. Pittsburgh’s Chris Boswell has made 11/14 from beyond 40 yards and Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent is 12/16. I like over yes for this prop.
Will either team make a field goal of under 25 yards? (No -125 / Yes -105)
I can see a couple of drives stalling in the red zone. I like yes in this prop.
Which team will score the longest touchdown? (Pittsburgh -145 / Cincinnati +115)
Antonio Brown for Pittsburgh and A.J. Green for Cincinnati are two of the most explosive wide receivers in football. Still, I like Pittsburgh to have the longest touchdown with Ben Roethlisberger throwing the ball.
Will there be a one yard touchdown scored in the game? (Yes -115 / No -115)
I think No is a good play for this prop with two explosive offenses.
Longest touchdown in the game (Over 43 1/2 -115 / Under 43 1/2 -115)
Both teams have injuries to key players. Notably, Dalton and Pittsburgh running back DeAngelo Williams will miss the game. I like under 43.5 yards for this prop.
Will the first TD be receiving or any other? (Receiving -195 / Other +160)
This looks like something to take a chance on. You get a rushing touchdown, plus defensive and special teams touchdowns. That seems like pretty good odds at +160.
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Pass completions by Ben Roethlisberger (under 25 -160 / over 25 +130)
With Williams out for Pittsburgh, the Steelers will start Fitzgerald Toussaint at running back. I think Roehtlisberger will throw the ball a bunch of times and I would go with over 25 completions.
Passing yards by Roethlisberger (over 302 -115 / under 302 -115)
For the same reason, I like over 302 yards.
Antonio Brown receiving yards (over 105 -120 / under 105 -110)
I like Brown to have a huge game with over 105 receiving yards.
Total Pass Completions by Cincinnati QB (over 21 -120 / under 21 -110)
When this prop came out there was an outside shot Dalton could return, but he was ruled out yesterday. McCarron will start. I like under in this prop.
Will Cincinnati’s quarterback throw an interception? (Yes -185 / No +155)
McCarron has done a decent job taking care of the ball in the 3+ games he has played since Dalton’s injury. I like No for this prop.
A.J. Green total receptions (over 5 -125 / under 5 -105)
Green has 86 catches this season so over 5 seems pretty safe.
Tyler Eifert receiving yards (over 42 -115 / under 42 -115)
I like the Cincinnati tight end to have over 42 receiving yards. He has proven to be a reliable red zone target with 13 touchdowns.