The Wildcat returns for his 21st season in The Post. Including the 1997-2016 Bettor’s Guide, Cat’s record in print stands at 573-479 (54.5 percent) against the spread.
Bengals (+5) over STEELERS: Pittsburgh laid it on the line for Cat’s Crew against the Chiefs, knocking out the last of the unbeatens. But that huge effort may leave this favorite short intensity-wise against a divisional side they’re used to beating on poise alone. Cincinnati’s offense has perked up under new coordinator Bill Lazor, promoted after the Bengals failed to score a touchdown in their first two games. This is great spot for a classic Andy Dalton confidence-booster. In a waterfront brawl, Cincy for one unit.
Panthers/BEARS Over 40¹/₂: Low number — and Cat will pounce on it! Panthers have been involved in nothing but track meets for a month, and their below-par running game will leave Cam Newton throwing it all over Soldier Field. Barring red-zone turnovers, this should create a slew of scoring opportunities on both sides. Mitchell Trubisky is a playa, and Bears run it effectively. Score more, for one unit.
Last week: 2-0. Steelers (W). 49ers/Redskins Over (W).