Sticking with that theme, most experts in charge of NFL picks every week have decided to side heavily with those Bengals.
Over at NFL Pick Watch, a resounding 95 percent of the experts polled pick the Bengals in the matchup. That number moves a little closer to 50 percent when experts were asked to pick against the spread itself, but it still goes to show that most think the Bengals will pull out the win.
Given the stunning disparity between these two teams last year over two matchups this makes sense. Ditto for the fact Pittsburgh’s got a question mark under center while the Bengals return most of their Super Bowl roster and upgraded that weak point of an offensive line.