In the pre-season, week 9 looked like it might be a key divisional match-up, but the Bengals have fallen short of this season’s expectations thus far slipping to 2-5. The Steelers come in to Cincinnati tonight at 5-2, looking to rebound from a loss to the New Orleans Saints last week.
The Steelers need to win to keep pace in the division with Baltimore and Roethlisberger is 6-1 in Cincinnati, but this is their third road game in a row. They’ll get some help with DE Brett Keisel coming back from a hamstring injury. The Steelers need to get some pressure on Carson Palmer and not give them too many opportunities to let long downfield plays develop. The Bengals have two of game’s top receivers and Pittsburgh defensive stalwart SS Troy Polamalu will need to rebound from the loss to the Saints and to help keep the Bengals out of the end zone.
The Bengals have lost four in a row but have a shot to get back into the AFC North race with a win over Pittsburgh. Like a cornered cat, they have to come out fighting and Carson Palmer needs to find some consistency and start getting the ball to his playmakers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. The Bengals will also get some help with Corner Jonathan Joseph and Safety Roy Williams expected to play.
Fox Business has evaluated the win/loss and stock market statistics over the past 20 seasons of Monday night NFL games and come up with a Monday Night Markets (MNM) rank for each team based on their record and the prior week’s market activity. Let’s take a look at what the markets have to say.
The major indexes saw strong gains last week with the Dow Industrials ending up 2.93%, having seen gains in four out of the past five weeks while the S&P 500 closed out the week up with a gain of 3.6% extending its winning streak to five weeks. The markets were buoyed by positive sentiment after the mid-term elections as well as the Fed stimulus plan. There were also several positive economic indicators including better than expected private sector employment growth and upbeat reports for manufacturing and construction.
Over the past 20 years, the Steelers have played 33 Monday night games and based on our calculations have a Monday night rank of 0.739 when the Dow closes the prior week up and 0.739 when the S&P 500 is up giving them a MNM rank for this week of 0.739. During the same 20 year period, the Bengals have played 9 Monday night games and have a rank of 0.200 when the Dow is up and 0.184 when the S&P 500 is up giving them an MNM rank this week of .184.
Monday Night Markets picks the Pittsburgh Steelers to win on the road and advance to 6-2. 2010 Monday Night Markets picks: 3-6.
Week 9 FBN Staff Picks:
Steelers all the way!
The Steelers are so clutch it is hard to pick against them, especially in prime time. The Bengals couldn’t run the football against the Browns or the Falcons. They certainly won’t be able to run against that Pittsburgh defense. With the Bengals offense reduced to one dimension, the Steelers will pin their ears back and attack Carson Palmer. End result? A Steeler win and maybe another fineable hit or two along the way. Season: 6-3