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 rough go in free agency for Pittsburgh, who lost a handful of defensive starters to other teams. They also didn’t make much of a splash in signing players, but did draft Alabama star running back Najee Harris in the first round of the NFL Draft. 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.
Pittsburgh Steelers Week 1 odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers kick their 2021 season off as () road underdogs against the Buffalo Bills. The Steelers suffered a loss at the hands of Josh Allen and the Bills in Week 14– their second loss on the season that would evolve into a 1-5 skid to finish their year (including playoffs). It was a tough game for Pittsburgh, who turned the ball over twice and picked up just 47 total rushing yards in the game.
The return of Ben Roethlisberger this season was a decision met with angst from Steelers fans. The 39-year-old quarterback’s arm appeared to be well past expired a year ago, where he finished last in the NFL at just 4.6 air yards per completion. The inability to run the football was partly due to a banged-up and talent-thin backfield, an issue that was addressed when the Steelers picked Alabama’s Najee Harris in the first round of the NFL draft.
The expected gap in this game greatly exceeds last year’s gap and the Bills are looking like a heavy, heavy favorite. Barring catastrophic injury, Buffalo won’t be moving far off their opening line of -6.5.
Pittsburgh 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.
Steelers Super Bowl odds and other futures markets 2021
- Odds to win Super Bowl: +4500
- To win AFC: +2500
- To win AFC North: +500
- Make playoffs: +140
- Steelers win total: 8.5 (+115)
Odds last updated August 4
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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Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 schedule and betting odds
|Week||Date||Opponent||Kickoff Time||Opening Line|
|Week 1||Sunday, Sept. 12||at Buffalo Bills||1 p.m. ET||Bills -6.5|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 19||vs. Las Vegas Raiders||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 3||Sunday, Sept. 26||vs. Cincinnati Bengals||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 3||at Green Bay Packers||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 10||vs. Denver Broncos||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 6||Sunday, Oct. 17||vs. Seattle Seahawks||8:20 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 8||Sunday, Oct. 31||at Cleveland Browns||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 9||Monday, Nov. 8||vs. Chicago Bears||8:15 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 14||vs. Detroit Lions||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 21||at LA Chargers||8:20 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 12||Sunday, Nov. 28||at Cincinnati Bengals||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 13||Sunday, Dec. 5||vs. Baltimore Ravens||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 14||Thursday, Dec. 9||at Minnesota Vikings||8:20 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 15||Sunday, Dec. 19||vs. Tennessee Titans||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 26||at Kansas City Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 17||Monday, Jan. 3||vs. Cleveland Browns||8:15 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 18||Sunday, Jan. 9||at Baltimore Ravens||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
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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, a Steelers 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.
In-play and live betting
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.
Parlays and teasers
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
Re-signings: QB Ben Roethlisberger (one year, $14 million), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (one year, $8 million), CB Cameron Sutton (two years, $9 million), DL Tyson Alualu (two years, $5.5 million)
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), CB Steven Nelson (to Eagles), T Alejandro Villanueva (to Ravens), RB James Conner (to Cardinals)
Free agent signings: G Joe Haeg (one year, $2.3 million), LB Melvin Ingram (one year, $4 million), T Trai Turner (one year, $3 million)
Draft picks: RB Najee Harris, TE Pat Friermuth, LB Buddy Johnson, CB Tre Norwood