Steelers vs Bengals Expert Picks & Predictions for Week 1 NFL Game

Larry Rupp
Steelers vs Bengals expert picks, predictions and projections for NFL Week 1 game.
Steelers vs Bengals expert picks, predictions and projections for NFL Week 1 game. / AP Photos/Gene J. Puskar
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The 2022 NFL season is finally here and the Week 1 schedule is chock full of exciting showdowns. A pair of AFC North rivals meet head-to-head as the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Cincinnati Bengals. This is a matchup that could make a huge impact on each team's chances of making the playoffs.

The Bengals are still riding high after winning the AFC Championship last season and have their eyes set on capturing a second straight divisional title this fall. Meanwhile, the Steelers enter a new era with veteran quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but still possess a stellar defense on the other side.

Should Cincinnati really be favored by nearly a touchdown at Paycor Stadium? Does Pittsburgh have any chance of grabbing an edge in the division with an upset victory? Here's what projection models and experts across the industry have to say about the Steelers vs Bengals Week 1 matchup.

Steelers vs Bengals Projections

ESPN FPIBengals (78.0%)
numberFireBengals (72.0%)
FiveThirtyEightBengals (68%)
Betting FavoriteBengals (-6.5)

Projected Winner: Bengals (4)

Steelers vs Bengals Expert Picks

ESPN Experts: Bengals (8), Steelers (1)
Sports Illustrated ExpertsBengals (4), Steelers (1)
CBS Sports ExpertsBengals (7), Steelers (1)

Expert Totals: Bengals (19), Steelers (3)

There's not many people backing head coach Mike Tomlin's team in Week 1. Only three of the 22 experts chose Pittsburgh here, which lines up with what the betting markets are saying.

The projection models are backing up those picks, too. None of them give the Steelers above a 32% chance of taking down the Bengals on the road.

Divisional matchups can be tough to predict, so fans should be in for a thriller on Sunday afternoon.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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