After starting 11-0, the Steelers floundered and dropped five of their last six games, including the Wild Card game against the Cleveland Browns. Mike Tomlin is heralded as the ultimate players’ coach and has seen more success than almost any coach his age, but the recent failings of the Steelers at the end of seasons and in the playoffs has become an issue that can no longer be ignored. The band plans to run it back one more year after it was announced that Ben Roethlisberger restructured his deal for one more year with the Steelers.
It was a tough free agency period for the Steelers, who lost defensive starters Bud Dupree (to the Titans), Mike Hilton (to the Steelers), and Tyson Alualu (to the Jaguars); captain and longtime starter Maurkice Pouncey was also lost to retirement. JuJu Smith-Schuster re-signed with the team after not finding the money he thought he would in free agency, and Cameron Sutton was retained. Even with a one-year rental on Roethlisberger worked out, it doesn’t feel like the Steelers gained anything in free agency.
As history as proven, though, Tomlin will take scraps to at least a 0.500 record and a playoff berth. Regardless, this feels like a last-ditch effort at a rapidly-closing Super Bowl window for Pittsburgh this year.
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Steelers prop bets
Prop bets are based on individual performance, typically surrounding players. The Steelers’ receiving corps was a popular target for prop betting this season, especially standout rookie Chase Claypool. For example, Claypool’s projected receiving total against the Cowboys was slated for 40.5 yards. Those who thought Claypool would total 41 or more receiving yards would bet the over while those who thought he would fail to reach 41 yards would take the under. That game, he was able to haul in 69 yards, giving over bettors the win.
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Steelers futures odds
Futures are long-term bets that can range from an offseason to a full season (or beyond). Team win totals, award winners, and player performance are common futures. For example:
2020 Odds to win NFL OROY
- Joe Burrow +220
- Tua Tagovailoa +290
- Clyde Edwards-Helarie +500
- Justin Herbert +1200
This line for the Offensive Rookie of the Year would often be bet before the season starts. Futures allow for bettors to capitalize on players they think are favorites to win awards long before the odds shift away from their favor. For example, Herbert opened with odds of +1200 to win the OROY award after the NFL Draft; his odds shifted and he eventually won the award in December.
Steelers Super Bowl LVI odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers opened with +3000 odds to win Super Bowl LVI after fizzling out in 2020. Those odds are third in the AFC North and sit around teams like the Patriots, Vikings, and Chargers.
Steelers AFC North odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the AFC North title in 2020– their fourth in seven seasons and 23rd overall.
Steelers win totals
8.5 wins (-125 over)/+100 under)
Ben Roethlisberger is back for one more swan song, which was bemoaned by fans who were looking to move forward this year. Despite winning 12 games a season ago, Pittsburgh was marred by distractions and disappointment, ultimately being eliminated in the AFC Wild Card game by the Browns.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 schedule and betting odds
Check back for the complete Steelers 2021 schedule along with the opening spreads for every game.
How to bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers
The moneyline is the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:
- Steelers -185
- Panthers +310
The Steelers are considered heavy favorites in this matchup (indicated by -185), requiring a $185 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). The Panthers are the underdog in this matchup, paying out $410 total for a $100 bet ($310 in winnings). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.
Betting on the point spread is determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:
- Steelers -3.5 (-110)
- Giants +6.5 (-110)
In this example, Pittsburgh is favored by 3.5 points, indicated by “-3.5.” If the Steelers win the game 24-20, the Steelers (-3.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Giants keep the game within four and lose 34-31, the Giants (+3.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.
Point total (over/under)
The point total refers to the over/under line set by books. This number projects the total number of points scored in a game and, like prop betting, is bet whether one thinks the score will go over or under the set point total. For example, the Steelers’ Week 7 matchup with the Titans had a point total of 53.5 points. Pittsburgh won that game 27-24, resulting in 51 total points. Those who bet the over that game would have cashed out.
Pittsburgh fielded one of the toughest defenses in the NFL in 2020 and return most of that defense into 2021. Low opposing point totals coupled with a struggling second-half Steelers defenses resulted in lower projected point totals during the season. Unless the Steelers land a big playmaker in the NFL Draft or in free agency, it’s likely that their 2021 season point totals will remain low.
Sometimes, the most thrilling and rewarding bets are bets made while games are being played. These are referred to as live bets or in-play bets. Odds are ever-changing during games, which would prove to be fruitful for sharp and prepared bettors. For example, if the Steelers (-210) were favored against the Washington Football Team (+150) before kickoff, a payout on a $10 bet on the Steelers to win would win just $4.76.
However, say the Steelers fell to a big 21-3 deficit in the first half despite controlling the overall game (due to a costly turnover or special teams gaffe). Odds may swing in favor of the Football Team, who may be a -110 favorite at halftime. Taking the Steelers to come back and win the game could present plus-odds (say, +130). Should a bettor take Pittsburgh (+130) at halftime and the Steelers pull off the comeback, winners would win $13 instead of $4.76 (plus the initial $10 bet).
This could also be an effective way to “hedge” your bet; say a bettor took Washington (+190) in that game, but Pittsburgh jumps out to a 10-0 first quarter lead and is controlling the overall feel of the game, bettors could hedge by throwing some money down on Pittsburgh (-250) to return some of the inevitably-lost bet.
You can always string bets together in the form of parlays or teasers. Usually during busy Sundays, bettors can parlay several teams to win or cover against the spread and if all bets are successful, the payouts are multiplied. Teasers function similarly, except they allow bettors to move each point spread to a more favorable line in exchange for diminished odds.
Steelers 2020 recap
Record ATS: 10-6
Over/under record: 7-7-2
A 12-4 mark, on the surface, would look like a majorly successful season. They finished fifth in points allowed per game (21.2) and made the playoffs. However, a Wild Card loss to “little brother” Cleveland and a 1-5 record to finish out the season sours the season. The offense was riddled with an absence of a run game and Ben Roethlisberger ranked among the worst in yards per pass attempt on the season (6.4). It was a tough season to endure for Steelers fans after being elated for the first 11 games.
Despite the struggles, the Steelers routinely covered point spreads, finishing third in record against the spread. Their record against the over/under is a different story, as Pittsburgh was one of seven teams to finish exactly 0.500 against the point total (the only one to push twice). Their games fluctuated wildly between 19-14 finishes with the Ravens’ backup squad and 48-37 barnburners against the Browns.
Steelers 2021 offseason moves
Key re-signings: QB Ben Roethlisberger (one year, $14 million), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (one year, $8 million), CB Cameron Sutton (two years, $9 million)
Key free agent losses: C Maurkice Pouncey (retirement), LB Bud Dupree (to Titans), CB Mike Hilton (to Bengals), DL Tyson Alualu (to Jaguars), T Mike Feiler (to Chargers)
Key free agent signings: G Joe Haeg (one year, $2.3 million)
Draft pick position needs: OL, CB, RB, LB