What if I told you that the current No. 5 seed in the AFC was +165 to make the playoffs this season?
What if I then told you that the team is just half a game out of first place in its division?
You may want to rush to your sportsbook to place on a bet on that team to get into the playoffs.
Well, that team is the 2023 Pittsburgh Steelers.
After beating the Green Bay Packers in Week 10, Mike Tomlin's team is now 6-3, just half a game behind the 7-3 Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. And, Pittsburgh is already 2-0 against the division this season with wins over the 6-3 Cleveland Browns and 7-3 Ravens.
So what gives?
Oddsmakers aren't sold on this Steelers team, that has been outgained in every game this season, to make the playoffs, but the path for Pittsburgh is pretty favorable. The team can control its own destiny with its remaining division games (four left), and it still has games against the two-win Arizona Cardinals and two-win New England Patriots on the schedule.
Tomlin's team seems poised to push for a double-digit win season.
Pittsburgh Steelers playoff odds this season
These playoff odds for the Steelers are crazy -- especially since the team is still alive to win the AFC North. If Pittsburgh wins in Week 11 and Baltimore loses to the Cincinnati Bengals, the team will have sole possession of first place.
Pittsburgh has never finished below .500 in Tomlin's coaching career, and it doesn't look like that streak will end this season. Sure, the team's offense has been subpar, but the Steelers have forced the most turnovers in the NFL and are 10th in the NFL in points allowed.
Maybe the advanced numbers (the team has allowed the sixth most yards per play while gaining the seventh fewest) will come back to bite them, but it this price on the Steelers' playoff odds is simply too good to pass up.
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