Is now the time to bet on Steelers winning the AFC North?
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers playoff odds are plummeting, but here’s why it could be the perfect time to pick them winning the AFC North.
We are only two games into the NFL season, and already oddsmakers have the Pittsburgh Steelers as a longshot to win the division. To the surprise of many, Mike Tomlin’s team was able to best the Buffalo Bills on the road in Week 1 after a terrific defensive performance and a special teams touchdown.
Unfortunately, Pittsburgh fell flat last week in a game that they were favored in. A jetlagged Raiders team was coming off a Monday night overtime loss and flying across the country to face the Steelers, but Tomlin’s team didn’t show up to play.
While the arrow is most recently trending down for the Steelers, it’s soaring for the Ravens and Browns right now. Cleveland put up 31 points this week in a two-score victory over the Texans, while Baltimore was finally able to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in a 36-35 contest.
As these two AFC North opponents showed up to play in Week 2, their odds of winning the division increased, while Pittsburgh’s obviously did not. So is now the time to bet on the Steelers?
Is now the time to bet on the Steelers as AFC North champs?
While I certainly wouldn’t go as far as to say that Pittsburgh has the best chance of winning the division this year, the odds you are getting right now are enticing. The Steelers are currently +475 odds to win the AFC North, courtesy of WynnBET. This means that you could bet $100 to potentially win $475. In comparison, WynnBET has the Ravens at +110 and the Browns at +130.
I would have to assume that the odds won’t stay this way for long. The Steelers have their second straight home game this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. If they emerge victorious and either the Ravens or Browns lose, these odds will likely shift.
It’s important to note that the Steelers have a lot of injuries this week, so getting past a Bengals team with a surprisingly impressive defense won’t be easy – especially if Pittsburgh is missing some key players this week.
Ben Roethlisberger and Alex Highsmith are the latest to have their names added to the injury report. Outside of Tyson Alualu heading to IR with a fractured ankle, the other injuries they sustained last week seem to be minor, but they are worth monitoring as we move closer to the game on Sunday.
The Steelers are no strangers to rocky starts, and if the offensive line can start to gel, they should be able to turn things around rather quickly. With the Ravens and Browns flying high right now, this could be the time to take the Steelers as division winners.