AFC Wild Card Props: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

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

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green is one of many players with props available against Pittsburgh in the playoffs Saturday.
Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green is one of many players with props available against Pittsburgh in the playoffs Saturday.

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.

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