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Odds: Mitch Trubisky Now Heavy Favorite to be Steelers Starting QB



Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky

The betting odds on who the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 1 starting quarterback will be took a big swing following Saturday’s first preseason game, as Mitch Trubisky is now a heavy favorite despite strong performances from all three Pittsburgh quarterbacks.

According to, Trubisky entered the first week of the preseason at -250 to be the Steelers’ Week 1 starter, but is now all the way at -1000. Props bets director Robert Cooper said that heavy action on Trubisky, who has been working with the first team throughout Steelers training camp, prompted the change.

“We were getting hammered on (Mitch) Trubisky as the starter all week so we moved aggressively,” Cooper said in a press release. “Even though Pickett had a solid game and the fans loved him, our betting action suggests we’ll see Trubisky under center in the opener.”

Pickett is now +550 to be the day one starter, with odds for second-teamer Mason Rudolph not on the board. The Steelers start their regular season on Sept. 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Trubisky played just two drives in the game, finishing 4 for 7 for 63 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph went 9 of 15 for 93 yards and a score. Pickett played the whole second half and was 13 of 15 for 95 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Tyler Vaughns with three seconds remaining.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has not announced plans for his quarterback rotation moving forward in the team’s second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday. The Steelers are 2.5-point underdogs for Saturday’s game in Jacksonville.

Settling on a starting quarterback hasn’t moved the needle much when it comes to the Steelers’ outlook for the 2022 season. The team is still sitting at an over/under line of 7.5 wins at most sportsbooks.

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