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Week 13 Monday Night Football Bengals vs Steelers: Live updates, odds, and Patriots rooting guide

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The (5-6) Cincinnati Bengals host the (9-2) Pittsburgh Steelers for Monday Night Football. Kickoff is at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN. The Steelers are 4.5-point favorites and the over/under is set at 43, suggesting a 23.75-19.25 Pittsburgh victory.

The Steelers are trying to keep pace atop the AFC with the New England Patriots and need a win, or else the week 15 game between the two franchises becomes a “must win” for Pittsburgh. Otherwise, the Patriots would have a pretty strong hold on the #1 seed in the AFC.

Naturally, the Patriots want the Steelers to lose. It should be no surprise.

WR Antonio Brown will be a game-time decision due to a toe injury and the Steelers are thinking about his health and ensuring he doesn’t make the injury worse, taking him out of the final stretch of games. Brown is responsible for pretty much half of the Steelers offense, along with running back Le’Veon Bell, so his availability has huge repercussions for the Steelers’ chances of victory.

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