The Pittsburgh Steelers started the 2020 season 11-0. But three December losses dropped them out of the running to nab to the top seed in the AFC. Pittsburgh is still the AFC North champions, however, and will host a playoff game in the Wild Card round. Steelers Wild Card odds will be posted right after the NFL Week 17 games wrap up.
Every NFL playoff game has props for every key player and plenty of parlay options. With that said and with Steelers Wild Card odds about to be posted, here are 10 ways you can bet on Pittsburgh’s opening playoff game.
10. Ben Roethlisberger passing yards and attempts
Big Ben was rested and did not play in the season at Cleveland. Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense relied heavily on the passing game this season with a league-high 40.8 pass attempts per game. Ben’s 3,803 passing yards (253/game) left him outside the top 10 in the league and his 6.3 yards per pass was the lowest of any regular starting quarterback not named Sam Darnold. Roethlisberger had five straight games below 6.0 yards per pass until coming alive in the second half against the Colts to lead a big rally and Week 16 win.
9. Team total
While many bettors focus on the game total in the playoffs, savvy bettors may consider the Steelers team total. Pittsburgh’s offense really struggled in December while failing to reach 340 yards offense in five straight games. The Steelers scored just 15, 17, 15, 17 and then 28 against the Colts after falling behind 24-7. A Steelers team total likely falls near 24.5 points. When Steelers Wild Card odds are posted, will you have confidence they’ll reach it and score enough?
8. Diontae Johnson receptions
All three Steelers leading wide receivers have gained between 766 and 827 yards on the year. Diontae Johnson (827), Chase Claypool (772) and JuJu Smith-Schuster ( 766). But it’s Johnson who has become Big Ben’s go-to guy the second half of the season. Johnson has been targeted at least 10 times in seven of eight games heading into the season finale and has at least eight receptions in five of his last six games. Claypool has been targeted much less with mostly three or four catches over his last seven games while JuJu has been fairly hit or miss on targets and receptions. Johnson may be the best bet to catch more than four or five passes, as he hauled in eight in each of the last three home games against the better defenses of Indianapolis, Washington and Baltimore.
7. Point spread
The most popular bet for NFL games is on the point spread, and the Steelers will be a small or slight home favorite in the Wild Card game. Pittsburgh has gone 7-1 straight up (SU) and 5-3 against the spread (ATS) at home this season.
6. Single game parlays
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Despite the Steelers struggles down the stretch, bettors may still support Pittsburgh on the moneyline with just the one home loss this season. That was against Washington, 23-17, when the Steelers blew a 14-3 halftime lead. Rather than lay the points on the point spread, the moneyline may be preferred.
4. Multiple game parlays
There will be two other Wild Card games on the day that the Steelers host their first playoff game. Keep an eye out for bonus offers and odds boosts from top sportsbooks like DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM. Books will also be offering cross-sport parlays odds boosts, so keep an eye out for the Steelers game to be tied to an NBA or college basketball game.
3. Alternate point spread
The Steelers offense may scare bettors away from asking them to win by margin. But a plus price on the alternate point spread is another wagering option. For instance, if the Steelers are a 3-point favorite with -110 odds, the alternate spread options could be Steelers -5.5 (+120) or -7.5 (+150) or -10.5 (+190).
2. Game over/under
The weather in Pittsburgh will be in the 30s, but watch for other potential precipitation or wind. The Steelers defense still ranks No. 1 in the AFC allowing 302 yards per game at 4.9 yards per play. That includes less than 200 YPG through the air. The game total for totals betting in the Wild Card game may be near 44 points. The Steelers recent results and lack of offense may be a great complement to their strong defense and make this a lower-scoring playoff game, especially vs. the Dolphins, Ravens or even Colts again.
1. Super Bowl futures
The Steelers exceeded expectations in an 11-0 start, but their stats were never elite. Playing three games in 11 days caused some issues and losses followed. A road loss at Cincinnati as a 14-point favorite was hard to watch, and now the Steelers stock is low again. The Super Bowl futures market may appeal to bettors with Pittsburgh +2100 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win Super Bowl LV.