The Steelers have opened as nine-point favorites for Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to odds released by Betonline.ag.
Pittsburgh is 8-0 this season after Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys, with four wins at Heinz Field and four on the road after sweeping a three-game road swing over the last three weeks.
The Bengals are 2-5-1 coming out of their bye week and following a Week 8 upset of the Tennessee Titans. Cincinnati has also defeated Jacksonville this season, while tying Philadelphia and losing to the Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns twice.
The Steelers are 6-2 against the spread this season after failing to cover the 14-point margin against the Cowboys. The Steelers have covered the line as favorites four of six times and have twice won outright as underdogs. The nine-point margin will be the second-largest spread for a Steelers game this season. They covered 7.5 by beating Philadelphia by nine points earlier this season.
Cincinnati is 6-2 against the spread this season. The Bengals have covered the line four times as an underdog and one one game outright. The covered the lone time they were favored in a win over Jacksonville. This will also be the second-largest line the Bengals been involved with this season. They failed to cover 12.5 in a 27-3 loss to Baltimore on Oct. 11.
A total bet for Sunday’s game at Heinz Field has not yet been announced.
Steelers Maintain 2nd-Best Super Bowl Odds After 10-0 Start
Off to their best start in franchise history, the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers have maintained the second-best Super Bowl odds.
The Steelers are currently 5/1 to win Super Bowl LV, courtesy of BetOnline. Their odds have shortened from 21/4 following their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
The Kansas City Chiefs are still the favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions at 3/1. They also saw their odds shorten following a Week 11 win.
The New Orleans Saints (7/1), Los Angeles Rams (12/1) and Seattle Seahawks (12/1) all have shorter odds as well.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10/1), Green Bay Packers (12/1) and Baltimore Ravens (18/1) all saw their Super Bowl odds lengthen.
While the unbeaten Steelers continue to assure that their sole focus is hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, they are still in pursuit of a regular season accomplishment as well.
Pittsburgh still has an opportunity to go 16-0, joining the 2007 New England Patriots as just the second team to finish unblemished over a 16-game regular season.
The Steelers are +550 to finish the regular season undefeated, -1000 to lose over the final six games.
Pittsburgh faces another challenge between themselves and 16-0 when they host the division rival Baltimore Ravens this Sunday.
Mike Tomlin Odds-On Favorite to Win NFL Coach of Year
It might not be much of a surprise considering his team’s undefeated record, but Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is the odds-on favorite to be the NFL Coach of the Year.
According to odds released this week by BetOnline.ag, Tomlin currently owns even 1/1 odds to win the award, shortened from 7/5 a week ago.
He’s followed in the list of favorites by Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores (5/1), Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel (9/1) and Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton at 12/1.
Tomlin has never won the NFL Coach of the Year award in his 14-year NFL career. Earlier this season, he tied an NFL record by clinching his 14th consecutive non-losing season, tying Marty Schottenheimer.
His 143 career regular season wins are third amongst active coaches, trailing only Bill Belichick and Andy Reid.
Steelers First Team to Cash Preseason Win Total Bets
If you made an offseason bet for the Pittsburgh Steelers to exceed their preseason win total, Sunday’s result likely made you a winner.
Most sports books had the Steelers projected to win nine or 9.5 games this offseason. The team, of course, crossed that line on Sunday by improving to 10-0 with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to odds posted by CBS Sports Line in August, the Steelers are the first team to pay out on a season win total bet for 2020. The Miami Dolphins won their sixth game in Week 10, tying their preseason mark of six wins, but were unable to push through in a 20-13 loss to Denver on Sunday.