Mad Bets: Will the Steelers cover -12.5 vs. Bengals?

Minty Bets is joined by Las Vegas oddsmaker Dave Sharapan to give their picks for the Steelers-Bengals game on Monday Night.

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MINTY BETS: Welcome back to "Mad Bets," everyone. This Monday night, we've got an AFC North match-up between the Bengals and the Steelers. The Steelers are laying 12.5 in Cincinnati.

And the total is at a low, low 40.5. I'm here with Pittsburgh native and former oddsmaker, Dave Sharapan. Dave, what is your pick for this game? And no biases, OK.

DAVE SHARAPAN: Hey, no biases when it comes to making picks. Hey, you know, the Steelers have looked as bad as they looked, obviously, all season with two in a row losing at home to Washington and then losing in Buffalo. They're laying 12.5 points on the road.

It seems really, really high to me. I would side with the Bengals, believe it or not. And all-- believe me, people, everyone, I'm wearing the stuff, I'm a Steeler fan-- business is business. Plus the points for me.

MINTY BETS: I like that pick. But I really don't like the spread, like you said earlier. So I might look to this low, low total. Now, the Steelers are 1 and 7 against the spread when favored by 12 or more points. So that's why I just can't-- I can't lay the 12.5, 13 with the Steelers.

And I just can't trust the Bengals either. I think the under is the play here. I'm expecting a very slow-paced game. And I'm going to hold my breath when I watch this game, as I take the under at 40.5.

DAVE SHARAPAN: That's-- I think that might be the lowest total of the season in the NFL this year.


DAVE SHARAPAN: You just used to see totals in the 30s. And you don't anymore, the way the game is called, as far as officials and just the way scoring can happen so fast. But I think you're onto something.

I would agree with you. It's hard to take that total and to go under. And it makes for a boring watch. Like it's not fun betting the under. But it's fun cashing the ticket after the game.

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