Now is the time to bet on Steelers winning the AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7). Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7). Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a three-game win streak, but here’s why you should take them to win the AFC North before their payout gets much worse. 

After starting the season 1-3, many fans would have thought it foolish to bet on this team winning the division in 2021. Pittsburgh’s offense was abysmal and their defense hadn’t come close to living up to their reputation.

However, just three games later, it’s looking like there may not be a better time to bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers winning the AFC North than right now.

According to odds from WynnBET, the Steelers still have the lowest odds to win their division this year — despite their current three-game win streak. Here’s a look at the odds for each team:

Why now is the time to take the Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be in third place in the division entering Week 9, but there is plenty of reason to consider betting on them this year. For starters, this team doesn’t look like the same one we saw early in the season. Though the offense still has its share of struggles, the defense is playing like an elite unit over the past three games and nearly every position on both sides of the ball seems to be trending in the right direction.

While I don’t believe the Steelers have the best chance to win the division this year, getting them at +600 odds is enticing. Coming up next, Mike Tomlin’s team gets a Bears rookie quarterback at home on Monday Night Football followed by hosting the worst team in the NFL right now: the Detriot Lions.

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There is an extremely high chance Pittsburgh exits Week 10 with a 6-3 record. By that time, it’s possible that the Ravens and Bengals drop another game — putting the Steelers right back into the discussion as the top team in the league.

Sure, you could take the Baltimore Ravens at -160, but your payout would not be great at all. This means that you would have to bet $160 just to win an additional $100.

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If the Steelers win their next two games against the Bears and Lions (which seems highly probable) I can assure you that this 6-3 team will have much better odds to win the division — meaning that your betting payout would be much worse. Now is the time to buy the Steelers.