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 Among Favorites to be Cam Netwon’s Next Team
Odds have been released for what team former first-overall pick and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will play for next, courtesy of BetOnline.ag.
Pittsburgh has the fourth-best odds to be Newton’s next home at 11/2.
While Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday that the team has no plans of signing a veteran quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger is 38 years old and coming off a major elbow injury.
The three-time Pro Bowler would be an upgrade over the team’s current backup quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Devlin “Duck” Hodges, who combined to lead the second-worst passing offense in the league last season.
The New England Patriots — now without quarterback Tom Brady for the first time in 20 years — are the favorites to sign Newton at 3/2. They’re followed by the Redskins and Jaguars who make up the top three.
Spending his first nine years in Charlotte, Newton won an MVP and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015, before the organization decided to go in a different direction after an injury-riddled season last year.
Newton has thrown for 29,041 yards and 182 touchdown with 108 interceptions over his career. His 58 rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback in NFL history.
Odds Released for Offensive Rookie of the Year
Odds have been released for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, including for new Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool, courtesy of BetOnline.ag.
Claypool is 40/1 to win the award this upcoming season after being selected in the second round by Pittsburgh in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has the eleventh-best odds out of all rookie wide receivers.
The Notre Dame product will be expected to contribute immediately for the Steelers next season. At 6-foot-4, 229 lbs, he should serve as a reliable big play weapon and red zone target for returning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Claypool shined during his senior season in South Bend, catching 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. His production, coupled with his impressive stature, led to the Steelers selecting him No. 49 overall.
Claypool also has the fourth-best odds amongst AFC North rookies.
No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow has the best odds to take home Rookie of the Year honors at 5/2.
His Cincinnati teammate and former Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins is 22/1.
Former Ohio State running back and Baltimore Ravens second round pick JK Dobbins is listed at 16/1, fourth-best at his position.
Over/Unders Released for Top Remaining Prospects
Draft position over/unders for some of top remaining prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft have been released, courtesy of BetOnline.ag.
The list includes potential offensive selections for the Steelers with their 49th overall pick.
With only one running back selected in the first round Thursday night, many of the team’s top prospects at the position are still available.
While it is believed that Georgia running back D’Andre Swift will be selected well before the Steelers get a chance, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Ohio State’s JK Dobbins are projected to be available, with their lines set at 44½ and 50½, respectively.
Pittsburgh has not indicated that a quarterback is in play at No. 49, but they could have some options available if they chose to select an heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger.
Former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman finalist Jalen Hurts is projected right around where the Steelers will select, as is former Washington quarterback Jacob Eason. Hurts’ line is set at 51½. Eason is right behind him at 52½.
The Steelers do not appear to have a realistic opportunity to pick one of the top remaining receivers. Baylor’s Denzel Mims is slotted at 39½, while Clemson’s Tee Higgins is set at 41½.
The second round of the 2020 NFL Draft gets underway tonight at 7:00 PM.