Pittsburgh Steelers Futures Odds at PA Online Sportsbooks
PA online sports betting is set to explode this football season and Pittsburgh Steelers fans will have plenty to bet on PA Sportsbooks. Pittsburgh sports betting will be a statewide activity with BetRivers Sportsbook offering a FREE $250 deposit bonus for new players.
We take a quick preview of the Steelers 2019 futures odds at the best PA sports betting apps and sites.
Steelers O/U 9 wins[toc]While the Steelers will be without two of their dynamic players for the 2019 season, realistically, they’ll be without one. It’s easy to point to the fact that Le’Veon Bell won’t be with the team anymore but he had zero impact on their 9-6-1 record other than some off-field drama. The loss of Brown is what will be felt more than anything.
JuJu Smith-Schuster will now officially slide into the number one receiver role with the Steelers. However, when Brown wasn’t on the field, it didn’t necessarily benefit Smith-Schuster. When Brown wasn’t on the field, the Steelers 20.7% more than they did when he was active. With Brown on the field, the Steelers passed on 68.9% of their plays. Off the field, only 48.2%. With teams only having to focus on JuJu, we could see a legitimate dip in his production.
With the dip in passing plays without Brown in mind, will the Steelers take a bit more of a run-heavy approach? James Conner quickly made Steelers fans forget about Bell with his production on both the ground and through the air. Through 13 games, Connor topped 1,400 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. If JuJu struggles out of the gate, a massive burden could be placed upon Conner to carry the load of this offense.
Finally, we have to consider that Ben Roethlisberger continues to age. Entering this season, he’ll be 37-year-old and with a different looking offense. It’s hard to replace a 1,000-yard receiver and even more so with someone who hasn’t been that type or role player as of yet. Juju had 1426 yards last year but that was WITH Brown on the field. With the division tightening up, I think the under is more attractive than the over.
Steelers Super Bowl Odds +2000
For someone that thinks that Steelers are going to win less than nine games, the Super Bowl odds would be a real stretch. Look, you can never count the Steelers out. While the offseason was filled with chatter about their offense, one thing that stayed mostly the same was their defense. Some good additions were made like cornerback Steven Nelson. According to Pro Football Focus, Nelson was their highest graded corner in coverage at 73.6 and allowed just 53% of the 113 targets thrown his way to be caught.
What’s going to be pivotal is the first few weeks of the season for the Steelers. Sure, we all know it’s important for every team but the Steelers have a tough stretch of games to open the year. Opening against the Patriots, they’ll then go to to face the Seahawks and 49ers before facing the Bengals in Week 4. After a likely Week 4 breather, the Steelers then go on to face the Ravens and Chargers. Realistically, the Steelers could come out of that stretch with a 3-3 record. While the ROI on a 20:1 bet is always enticing, I think this is one that is worth skipping over.
AFC North Odds
Currently, the AFC North odds are as follows:
These odds, in my opinion, are laid out perfectly. So well, in fact, I’d consider framing this and hanging it on my wall.
The Browns, as many expect, are the odds on favorite to take down the division. So many additions were made to this team including some massive offensive splashes and some additions for a potentially lethal pass rush.
It really says something when your former number one receiver in Jarvis Landry could be nothing more than an afterthought in this offense that will now boast Odell Beckham Jr. Landry was never the right guy to be the No. 1 in Cleveland and failed to reach 1000 yards despite seeing 149 targets. Not to mention, the potential addition of Kareem Hunt later in the year, who has shown he can succeed in the passing game, really negates the need to use Landry much.
The Browns pass rush on paper looks to be one of the best in the league. The Browns traded for Oliver Vernon, who ranks 28th in pressure percentage amongst players with at least 200 pass rush reps in 2018. Getting that type of player with Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah will be a force for this upcoming season.
It would be a shock to so many if the Browns didn’t come out on top of the AFC North and make their first playoff appearances since 2002.