Steelers Super Bowl odds still extraordinarily low despite playoff berth
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially made the playoffs, but here’s why oddsmakers don’t believe they stand a shot a winning the Super Bowl.
Fans were on the edge of their seat as the Week 18 NFL games played out. While Pittsburgh and Baltimore were exchanging blows in a back-and-forth defensive struggle, eyebrows raised as the Jacksonville Jaguars started racking up points on the Indianapolis Colts.
With the Steelers and Jaguars both winning and with the Chargers vs Raiders game not ending in a tie (though it was remarkably close), Mike Tomlin’s team is officially in the playoffs as the final Wild Card seed in the AFC.
However, if you are thinking Ben Roethlisberger is going to bring home the seventh Lombardi Trophy for this franchise, you may want to temper your expectations just a bit.
While would love nothing more than for the Steelers to win four straight games to become Super Bowl champions, the odds of this happening are lower than any team that made the tournament this year. In fact, betting odds at WynnBET have Pittsburgh at just +6000 to win it all this year.
In comparison, the Raiders and Eagles are +5000 odds to win the Super Bowl, while each of the 13 playoffs teams apparently stand a better chance.
According to FiveThirtyEight, the Steelers not only have the lowest chance of making it past the first round, but they also have the lowest chance of winning the Super Bowl this year:
With extraordinarily low odds of winning it all, what would the Pittsburgh Steelers have to do to find themselves in the biggest game on turf?
Steelers must take it one game at a time
No Wild Card team gets a more daunting matchup this week than the Steelers. Coming off a hard-fought overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens in the season finale, Pittsburgh must now travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs — a team that hammered them in a 36-10 game the first time around in Week 16.
In order to take down this AFC powerhouse, the Steelers are going to need to come out firing on all cylinders. This means that their defense is going to have to ball out and create a few takeaways, while Roethlisberger and company must find more success through the air to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes.
Sadly, the Chiefs have scored 35.4 points per game over their final five contests, while Pittsburgh has managed just 19.8 over that same span. Because of this, Matt Canada will need to have a few tricks up his sleeve to catch Kansas City’s defense napping.
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If the Steelers are able to make it past the first round, then they will show that they are capable of beating anyone, as it’s not going to get any harder than this. Though their odds of winning it all are poor, we have seen that anything can happen in the playoffs when it’s ‘do or die’. Let’s hope Pittsburgh simply wants it more this week.