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.
Steelers Own Fifth-Best Odds to Win Super Bowl LV
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl odds have shortened again after their 5-0 start and their drubbing of the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.
The Steelers are now 12/1 to win Super Bowl LV in Tampa, tied with the Green Bay Packers for the fifth-best odds in the league, courtesy of BetOnline.ag. They were 16/1 entering Week 6.
Pittsburgh was one of five teams to see their odds shorten, as did the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans.
The Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints and Packers all have longer odds entering Week 7.
The Steelers will look to build on their historic start when they visit the undefeated Titans this weekend, which will be just the eighth meeting in league history between unbeaten teams with five or more wins.
Pittsburgh is 5-0 for the first time since 1978, when the Steelers won Super Bowl XIII.
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.