Now is not the time to bet on Steelers to win the Super Bowl

Tommy Jaggi
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Steelers odds of winning the Super Bowl have increased. Here’s why it’s not a good time to bet on them to win it all.

Despite their victories coming against teams with a combined record of 1-11 this year, it’s not hard to see why the Pittsburgh Steelers will be legitimate competitors in 2020. T.J. Watt is rallying a defensive line that is playing out of their minds right now – getting the most pressure on opposing quarterbacks and allowing just 54.0 yards on the ground per game, according to Team Rankings.

In addition, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks better than most thought he would after going nearly a year without playing a regular-season game. While his raw numbers are modest, he has done a great job taking care of the football with just 1 interception and 2 interceptable passes on the season.

Though the arrow is pointed up for the Steelers, this is not a good time to bet on Pittsburgh winning the Super Bowl.

Steelers odds will likely decrease

With the Steelers winning all three of their contests to start the year and with teams like San Fransisco, Dallas, and New England disappointing early in the season, Pittsburgh has now leapfrogged these teams to have the 6th-best odds at winning the big game this year. As of now, their odds are +1800, courtesy of The Action Network.

While the fact that oddsmakers have improved their chances is great news for Steelers fans, you may want to hold off on betting the house on them at this point.

Pittsburgh has played perhaps three of the worst teams in the league to bein the year. This week, they have another game against a losing-record opponent in the Philadelphia Eagles. While the Steelers could very well improve their Super Bowl odds with a win on Sunday, they have a difficult stretch of games coming up.

After this week, the Steelers will play games against the Browns (3-1), Titans (3-0), and Ravens (3-1). Followed by a potentially challenging matchup on the road against the Dallas Cowboys if Mike Tomlin’s team drops a few of these games, Pittsburgh could very well be leapfrogged in Super Bowls by teams like the 49ers, Colts, Rams, Titans, or Patriots (who currently sit below them).

When this happens, that would be a time to consider taking good odds for the Steelers to win the Super Bowl. Right now, a $10 bet would fetch you just $180 if Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl this year. By waiting for a few losses, it’s quite possible that Pittsburgh could fall in the range of +2300 to +2500 odds. If this happens, a $10 bet could earn you $230-250 if the Steelers win it all.

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Of course, it’s always possible that Pittsburgh proves to be even better than oddsmakers are predicting this year, and they could shoot up near the top of the list. However, that’s a chance I would be willing to live with.