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Steelers Open as 6.5-Point Favorites vs. Bengals

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The Steelers may be struggling, at least according to their historic tendencies, with a 5-5 record through the 2019 NFL season’s first 11 weeks.

But they’ve got nothing on the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers’ Week 12 opponent is the NFL’s basement at 0-10 after losing 17-10 to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

So while Steelers fans may be feeling down about the team’s outlook, the gambling community likes their chances this week.

The Steelers opened as 6 1/2-point favorites over the Bengals for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium.

It’s the first time the Steelers have been favored outside of Heinz Field this season. Pittsburgh has been favored four times previously, including in its Week 4 game against the Bengals at Heinz Field. The Steelers are 2-2 against the spread as favorites. They covered the 3 1/2-point spread against the Bengals earlier this year, winning by 24 points.

They’re also 2-2 against the spread on the road and 5-4-1 overall.

The Bengals will be underdogs for the ninth time this season and third straight time at home. They are 4-4 against the spread as underdogs, 0-2 as home underdogs and 0-4 overall at home this season.

The total points line for the game is 39 1/2.

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Steelers Open as Touchdown Favorite Over Broncos

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have opened as touchdown favorites for their Week 2 matchup with the Denver Broncos.

Pittsburgh is -6, with the over/under set at 43, courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

Both teams kicked off their seasons on Monday night as part of ESPN’s annual doubleheader.

The Steeler topped the New York Giants 26-16 in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s return. The 17-year veteran went 21 of 32 for 229 yards and three touchdowns in his debut. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught two of those touchdowns, while the smothering Steelers defense allowed just six rushing yards to star running back Saquan Barkley and forced two interceptions.

Still, Monday night proved costly for the Steelers, as right tackle Zach Banner, guard Stefen Wisniewski and running back James Conner all suffered injuries.

Denver fell at home 16-14 to the Tennessee Titans in the nightcap. While second-year starter Drew Lock looked good with a touchdown and completions to ten different receivers, the Broncos failed to muster enough offense to overcome a resilient Titans team. Even with four misses by veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski, Tennessee still managed to grind out the win at Mile High.

The Steelers and Broncos will kickoff at 1:00 PM from Heinz Field. The game will be broadcast locally on KDKA-TV.

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Steelers among Betting Favorites to Land former Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette

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The Steelers are among the betting favorites to land former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, according to odds released on Monday by Betonline.ag.

Fournette, the former No. 4 overall pick, was waived by the Jaguars after three seasons on Monday, following his request for a trade this offseason. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said that the team tried to trade Fournette and could not find a willing partner. Fournette is scheduled to make over $4 million in salary this season

He’s currently going through the waiver process. If he’s claimed, the claiming team will have to honor his contract from the Jaguars. If he goes unclaimed, Fournette can sign a new contract with any team.

That combination of factors has the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots as the odds-on favorites to land the former LSU rusher.

The Bears are No. 19 in the waiver order and have over $15 million in salary cap space, while New England has the second-most cap space in the league with over $34 million per Spotrac.

Despite not having nearly as much cap space, the Steelers aren’t far down the list for Fournette’s services.

Following the leaders, Tampa Bay is given 7/2 odds of landing Fournette, then Washington at 4/1, Houston at 8/1, Atlanta and Seattle at 10/1 and Pittsburgh at 12/1.

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Roethlisberger, Gronkowski Co-Favorites to Win Comeback Player of the Year

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski are co-favorites to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year at +400.

Roethlisberger played just two games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending elbow injury against the Seattle Seahawks.

Entering his 17th season, Roethlisberger should be primed for success this season with the help of a reloaded receiving core that added former Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron and Notre Dame-product Chase Claypool at wideout.

Roethlisberger would be the second Steelers quarterback to take home the hardware. Tommy Maddox was awarded the honor back in 2002.

Gronkowski is not returning from an injury, but the former All-Pro tight end is making a comeback all the same.

Gronkowski ended his retirement after just one season to reunite with quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. One of the biggest mismatches in NFL history, Gronkowski’s 79 touchdown catches are tied for the third-most ever by a tight end.

If he were to win, Gronkowski would join quarterback Chad Pennington as the only other player to win Comeback Player of the Year twice. He won it previously in 2014.

Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt has the next best odds at +600.

The best odds in the division behind Roethlisberger belong to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green at +1000, fourth-best overall.

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