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.
Steelers Super Bowl Odds Shorten After 3-0 Start
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl odds have improved following their 3-0 start to the season. They are one of six teams to see their odds shorten through Week 3.
The Steelers are now 18/1 to win Super Bowl LV, after being 20/1 a week ago, courtesy of BetOnline.ag.
In addition to Pittsburgh, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts also saw their odds shorten. The Chiefs are still favored to repeat as Super Bowl champs at 4/1.
The Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys all saw their odds lengthen after Week Three.
The Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots had their odds remain the same.
Kansas City Chiefs 4/1
Baltimore Ravens 13/2
Seattle Seahawks 15/2
Green Bay Packers 10/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14/1
New Orleans Saints 16/1
San Francisco 49ers 16/1
Buffalo Bills 18/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 18/1
Steelers Open as 1.5-Point Favorites at Tennessee
The Pittsburgh Steelers have opened as 1.5-point favorites on the road this week against the Tennessee Titans, according to odds released Sunday by BetOnline.ag.
Both teams are 3-0 this season. The Steelers beat the Houston Texans on Sunday and also own wins over the Denver Broncos and at the New York Giants. The Titans also own a trio of narrow victories, winning at the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings and at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Steelers are 2-1 against the spread, covering a 3.5-point line against the Texans and also covering against the Giants, but failing to cover six points in a five-point win over Denver.
Tennessee is 0-3 against the spread. They beat Minnesota, 31-30, while favored by two, beat the Jaguars by three while favored by seven and the Broncos by two while favored by 3.5.
The point total of Sunday’s game, which will kick off at 1 p.m. at Nissan Stadium, is 47.5.
The Steelers have won two straight games against the Titans and five of the last seven, with recent wins at Heinz Field in 2017 (40-17) and in Tennessee in 2014 (27-24). The Titans’ last win in the series was a 16-9 victory at Heinz Field in 2013.
Pittsburgh has not started its season with three straight wins since beating Atlanta, Tennessee and Tampa Bay to start the 2010 season. The Steelers finished that year with 12-4 record, winning the AFC North and falling to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.
The Steelers are 3-0 to start a season for the first time since 2010. They have not won four straight games to begin a year since they won the first four games of the 1979 season.
Steelers Super Bowl Odds Improve After 2-0 Start
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl odds have shortened after their 2-0 start to the season.
Opening the 2020 season at 22/1, the Steelers are now 20/1 to win Super Bowl LV, courtesy of BetOnline.ag.
The Steelers were not the only team to see their prospects rise, with the Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers also seeing their odds shorten.
After key injuries and inconsistency to start the year, the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers both have longer odds than where they began.
The Kansas City Chiefs — whose odds remained the same — and the Ravens are currently the favorites to win Super Bowl LV at 5/1.