Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker Devin Bush are among the favorites to win major NFL awards, according to odds released late last week by BetOnline.ag.
Roethlisberger holds 25/1 odds to win the NFL’s regular season MVP award, while Bush has 10/1 odds to win defensive rookie of the year.
The MVP favorite is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes at 6/1, followed by Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz at 9/1. Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield has 12/1 odds, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and New England’s Tom Brady are at 14/1 and Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers is at 20/1.
There are five other players with the same 25/1 odds as Roethlisberger: Carolina’s Cam Newton, Houston’s Deshaun Watson, San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Seattle’s Russell Wilson.
Mahomes is the reigning winner. Brady won his third NFL MVP award in 2017. Ryan won in 2016, Newton in 2015 and Rodgers won in 2014 and 2011. The last and only Steelers player to win the award was Terry Bradshaw in 1978.
The last time a non-quarterback won the award was in 2012, when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took home the honor. There are four running backs with 50/1 odds this year: New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara, Minnesota’s Christian McCaffrey, Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot, New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley and Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley.
Los Angeles Rams and former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the top defensive player at 66/1. The last defensive player to win the award was Lawrence Taylor in 1986.
Bush has 10/1 odds to win the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, tied for the fifth-best odds along with Buffalo defensive tackle Ed Oliver. San Francisco defensive end Nick Bosa is the favorite at 5/1, followed by Jacksonville linebacker Josh Allen at 7/1, Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White at 8/1 and New York Jets defensive end Quinnen Williams at 17/2.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard won the award last year. The last Steelers player to win the award was linebacker Kendrell Bell in 2001.
Steelers Hold Second-Best Betting Odds to Sign Le’Veon Bell
Following his release from the New York Jets on Tuesday night, former Steeler running back Le’Veon Bell is looking for a new home.
While plenty of contenders across the league could use his services, oddsmakers seem to think a reunion in Pittsburgh is a strong possibility.
The Steelers currently have the second-best odds to be Bell’s next team at 6/1, courtesy of SportsBetting.ag.
The Chicago Bears currently have the best odds to land Bell at 3/1. They currently own the 26th-ranked rush offense in the league, and have scored just one rushing touchdown all season after starter Tarik Cohen suffered a season-ending injury.
While the Steelers are 4-0 for the first time since 1979, Bell could certainly add some playmaking ability to the Steelers’ rushing and passing games which are both average statistically compared to the rest of the league.
Bell’s tenure in New York proved to be a disaster, as he rushed for just 863 yards and only four touchdowns through 17 games. He had no rushes over 19 yards while playing under Jets head coaches Adam Gase, and did not post a single 100-yard rushing performance.
Some of the other teams expected to pursue Bell include the Kansas City Chiefs (7/1), Cleveland Browns (15/2), Tampa Bag Buccaneers (15/2) and Tennessee Titans (8/1)
Bell spent the first five season of his career in Pittsburgh before signing with the Jets as a free agent back in 2019. He is fourth in franchise history in rushing yards (5,335) and touchdowns (35). He also caught 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven touchdowns as a Steeler, with receptions and yards the most by a running back in team history. Bell was selected to three Pro Bowls and was twice named First-Team All-Pro.
Steelers’ Super Bowl Odds Improve Following 4-0 Start
Following their first 4-0 start since 1979, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ odds to win Super Bowl LV have shortened again.
The Steelers are now list at 16/1 to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Tampa, Florida. They were previously 22/1 last week.
Pittsburgh was one of six teams to see their odds shorten following Week 5, as did Baltimore, New Orleans, Cleveland, New England and the Los Angeles Rams.
The Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts all have longer odds after five weeks. The Chiefs are still favored to repeat as Super Bowl winners at 4/1.
The Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills had their odds remain the same at 15/2 and 14/1, respectively.
When the Steelers last started 4-0 in 1979, they ended the season by winning Super Bowl XIII, their fourth in franchise history.
Steelers Open as 4-Point Favorites over Browns
The Pittsburgh Steelers have opened as four-point favorites at home against the Cleveland Browns, according to odds released Sunday by Sports Betting Dime.
The Steelers are 4-0 this season after Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles. They also own victories over the New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.
The Browns are 4-1, winning at home over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday to go with wins over the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington and the Dallas Cowboys after a season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Steelers are 3-1 against the spread, covering a 7.5-point line against the Eagles and also covering against the Giants and Texans, but failing to cover six points in a five-point win over Denver.
Cleveland is 3-2 against the spread, covering a one-point spread in a 32-23 win over the Colts. The Browns have won against the spread three straight weeks, winning outright as a road underdog at Dallas in Week 4 and easily covering 7.5 in a blowout win over Washington.
The point total of Sunday’s game, which will kick off at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field, is 51.
The Browns and Steelers split their games in 2019 and Pittsburgh went 1-0-1 against Cleveland in 2018 after an early season tie snapped the Steelers’ six-game win streak against their nearest rivals.
The Steelers have won eight of the last 10 games between the teams overall and 15 straight at Heinz Field, where the Browns have won just once since the stadium opened in 2001.
Pittsburgh has not won four straight games to begin a year since the club won the first four games of the 1979 season. In 1978, the Steelers started 7-0.
Cleveland has won four straight games for the first time since closing the 2009 season on a four-game winning streak. The Browns started that year 1-11.