The Steelers opened as seven-point underdogs to the San Francisco 49ers in sports books on Monday after the team announced that starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss the rest of the 2019 season with an elbow injury.
Pittsburgh had been a one-point favorite in early lines released before Roethlisberger left Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph will be making his first career start against the 2-0 49ers, who have two road wins under their belt at Tampa Bay and Cincinnati and will be playing their home opener.
Through two games, the Steelers are 0-2 against the spread. The 49ers are 2-0 against the spread this season.
The Steelers’ Super Bowl LIV odds also took a tumble with the announcement of Roethlisberger’s injury.
Five days ago, BetOnline.ag gave the Steelers 28-to-1 odds to win their seventh Super Bowl. After the loss of Roethlisberger, that figure has ballooned to 80-to-1. That’s the largest increase in the NFL in that time span. Only 10 teams have worse Super Bowl odds.
New Orleans, which will also be without star quarterback Drew Brees for quite some time, went from 8-to-1 to 20-to-1. The New England Patriots are the favorites at 7-to-2.