Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Odds Preview
The Pittsburgh Steelers were sensational on defense in 2012, and looked to be on their way to an AFC North title after getting off to a 6-3 SU start. But an injury to Ben Roethlisberger threw a wrench in those plans as the Steelers faded down the stretch.
The Pittsburgh Steelers brand is synonymous with great defense, and 2012 was no exception. The Steelers allowed just 90.6 rushing yards per game (second best in the NFL) and 185.2 passing yards per game (best in the NFL), adding up to an NFL-best 275.8 yards against per game. With Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau at the helm, there is no reason to expect that the Steelers won’t be elite on defense again in 2013. First round draft pick Jarvis Jones adds another weapon to the unit as well.
Will Roethlisberger stay healthy? Pittsburgh was 6-3 SU over its first nine games, but finished the season on a 2-5 SU and 2-4-1 ATS skid. Roethlisberger missed three games with a rib injury, and wasn’t the same when he did return. QB Landry Jones was drafted in the fourth round as insurance if Roethlisberger goes down again this season.
Pittsburgh’s rushing game was a major disappointment last season, averaging just 96.1 yards per game with a shockingly low eight rushing touchdowns on the season. Running back Leveon Bell was drafted in the second round to help remedy this situation, and will be called upon to make an immediate impact as a rookie. Fellow rookie WR Markus Wheaton will also be a big part of the offense this season with Mike Wallace departed to the Miami Dolphins.
When it comes to the Steelers, you know what you are going to get on defense. The question marks come on offense, where a rookie will be asked to rejuvenate the running game and Roethlisberger must stay healthy. Defense wins championships, so the offense doesn’t need to be great, it just needs to be solid.
AFC North Odds at Bovada as of July 26
Baltimore Ravens +190
Pittsburgh Steelers +190
Cincinnati Bengals +200
Cleveland Browns +700