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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 11/15/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Cincinnati Bengals visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on 11/15/2020 at 4:25PM.

Cincinnati and Pittsburgh face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Cincinnati has a record of 2-5 this season. Pittsburgh is 8-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Cincinnati Team Defense Preview

Cincinnati faces 6.1 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 36.8 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.41 points per offensive possession. On 43.7% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 10.3% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 27.8 yard line, they usually take up 2:34 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 94.4 and on 2.9% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Cincinnati has caused a sack rate of 3.8% this season.

We will get more situational with Cincinnati and examine various situations. They have faced 97 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 47 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 48.5%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 7 fourth down conversion attempts this season and opponents have converted 3 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 80.0%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 29 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 21 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 72.4%.

Cincinnati Team Offense Preview

Cincinnati has run 6.9 plays per drive and this offense averages 32.9 yards per drive, and they score 2.23 points per offensive possession. 43.7% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 11.5% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 29.0 yard line, they usually take up 3:04 of time.

3.3% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Cincinnati and 1.5% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Cincinnati has given up 28 sacks this season and there were 203 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 3.7 yards per carry and for 101.3 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 12 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Cincinnati and examine various situations. They have had 113 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 48 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 42.5%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 13 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 12 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 92.3%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 29 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 16 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 55.2%.

Pittsburgh Team Defense Preview

Pittsburgh yields 5.8 plays per drive, this defense gives up 28.4 yards per drive, and opponents score 1.80 points per offensive possession. On 31.5% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 16.9% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 28.8 and these drives usually take up 2:32 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 79.7 and on 4.1% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Pittsburgh has forced a sack rate of 10.7% this season.

We will get more situational with Pittsburgh and examine various situations. They have faced 113 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 50 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 44.2%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 11 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 2 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 57.1%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 22 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 13 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 59.1%.

Pittsburgh Team Offense Preview

Pittsburgh has run 6.0 plays per drive and they generate 30.6 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.49 points per drive. 42.7% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 7.9% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 32.0 yard line, they usually take up 2:52 of time.

On 6.2% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 1.4% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Pittsburgh has yielded 10 sacks this season and this has resulted in 87 yards lost.

They rushed for 4.0 yards per carry and for 109.0 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 12 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Pittsburgh and examine various situations. They have had 114 third down attempts this season and have converted 55 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 48.2%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 9 fourth down attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 6 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 66.7%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 30 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 20 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 66.7%.

The Cincinnati Roster

The Players to Watch for Cincinnati

Joe Burrow QB 6-3 221

This season, Joe Burrow has put up 2272 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has thrown 5 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 91.4thus far this season. Joe Burrow has thrown 5 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Joe Burrow has 130 rushing yards, which puts him in the 71.88 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 35 times this season, which puts him in the 85.94 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 3 rushing touchdowns this season.

Joe Mixon RB 6-1 220

This season, Joe Mixon has 428 rushing yards on 119 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 3 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Joe Mixon picked up 138 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 21 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Tyler Boyd WR 6-2 203

This season, Tyler Boyd picked up 584 yards. He caught the ball 54 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Christian Covington NT 6-2 305

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Cincinnati, Christian Covington has 7 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 28.45 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Carl Lawson DE 6-2 265

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Cincinnati, Carl Lawson has 7 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 73.39 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1.0 fumbles this season.

Jessie Bates III FS 6-1 200

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Cincinnati, Jessie Bates III had 37 tackles which puts him in the 83.58 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jessie Bates III as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 90.18 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

William Jackson III CB 6-0 196

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Cincinnati, William Jackson III had 21 tackles which puts him in the 53.06 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. William Jackson III as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 65.22 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Pittsburgh Roster

The Players to Watch for Pittsburgh

James Conner RB 6-1 233

This season, James Conner has 520 rushing yards on 119 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, James Conner picked up 123 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 20 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Chase Claypool WR 6-4 238

This season, Chase Claypool picked up 444 yards. He caught the ball 31 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 5 receiving touchdowns this season.

Cameron Heyward DT 6-5 295

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Pittsburgh, Cameron Heyward has 19 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 79.31 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Stephon Tuitt DE 6-6 303

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Pittsburgh, Stephon Tuitt has 21 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 91.13 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1.0 fumbles this season.

Terrell Edmunds SS 6-1 217

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Pittsburgh, Terrell Edmunds had 26 tackles which puts him in the 49.25 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Terrell Edmunds as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 23.21 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Joe Haden CB 5-11 195

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Pittsburgh, Joe Haden had 30 tackles which puts him in the 85.2 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Joe Haden as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 65.22 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 20 Pittsburgh Steelers 29

Spread Pick: Pittsburgh -6.5 -122 BetOnline
Moneyline Pick: Pittsburgh -300 BetOnline
Total Pick: Over 45.5 -110 BetOnline