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Killer B’s Once Again Hold the Keys to the Steelers’ Success

Exposed by the Patriots in the AFC championship game last year in a 36-17 beatdown, Mike Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers were forced back to the drawing board in their search for supremacy. The gap between New England and the teams in the conference’s second tier is still significant and it’s going to take some creativity on behalf of the coaching staff in Pittsburgh if the black and yellow are to successfully drop the Steel Curtain on the Pats in 2017.

In terms of talent, it’s essentially the same starting 11 for an offense that boasts arguably the two best individual players at their respective positions – Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Ben Roethlisberger will orchestrate the attack for another year despite offseason retirement speculation and if he can stay on the field, he’ll more than likely finish near the top of the league in passing yards and touchdowns with those two weapons at his disposal.

The Steelers offense is by far its greatest asset but without Big Ben in the lineup, the best team in the AFC North very quickly turns into a club that’s barely competitive with the Cleveland Browns and that’s not hyperbole. Landry Jones stepped in for Roethlisberger against the Browns in Week 17 last season and the Steelers barely scraped by a 1-14 team, winning the meaningless game in overtime.

Combine a healthy Ben with big seasons from Bell and Brown and yet another year of luck along an offensive line that’s been consistently one of the best in football for the last few years and the Steelers will have a happy campaign and be a tough out in the postseason.

Will that be enough to get them by the Pats in the AFC with a defense that’s still mediocre at best? Take a look at what oddsmakers are expecting from the Steelers in 2017:

Super Bowl +1200

One of the most successful franchises in the history of the NFL, no team has won more Super Bowls than the Steelers. The last of their six, however, was achieved nearly a decade ago and the fans in Pittsburgh are hungry for a championship that’s not the Stanley Cup.

In all likelihood, a Lombardi Trophy-winning run will have to go through New England so the real question here is whether the Steelers are up to the task of beating Tom Brady. If we’re going by last year’s results, the outlook is not positive. The two sides engaged on the gridiron two times and the Pats won by an aggregate score of 63-33.

While Big Ben wasn’t at his best for their final meeting at Gillette Stadium, Brady was by far the better quarterback and the Pats were much more prepared for the battle. Will things be different in 2017 with the personnel somewhat the same for both clubs?

The odds say no but that means there’s value on Pittsburgh if you’re somebody who’s fading New England this season.

AFC North -150

Since moving to the division in 2002, the Steelers have worn the AFC North crown seven times and they’re the minus-money favorites to retain their title in the upcoming campaign. To me, this is one of the easiest bets on the board.

No team in the division matches the might of the Steelers a year removed from Pittsburgh going 5-1 straight up in games against AFC North opponents. The Bengals are bungled, the Ravens don’t have the talent and the Browns are … well … the Browns.

Expect an elite offense to be more than enough to lead this team to a comfortable win on this wager and consider using it in your season-long parlays.

Win Total - 10.5

Eleven wins is a lot in today’s competitive NFL climate but if everything goes right for this team, it’s a feat that’s more than achievable.

That said, I’m skeptical that everything can go right for this team. Roethlisberger is another year older and more injury-prone, their players seem to enjoy a certain green smokable substance a little too much and Tomlin is known to make severely boneheaded decisions from time to time.

I fall just on the UNDER side of this bet and have the Steelers pegged for 10 wins.

Le’Veon Bell to Win Regular-Season MVP +2500

If you’re not betting Le’Veon Bell to win MVP at 25/1 this season, then I’m sorry, I’ll need you to step out of your vehicle and hand over the keys to your sports betting account. Despite missing four games for violating the league’s drug policy last year, Bell managed to accumulate 1884 yards from scrimmage (157 per game) and he broke the plane for a major nine times.

With Roethlisberger’s health up in the air for most of the 2016 season, Bell was the straw that stirred the drink for the Steelers and he made it into the MVP conversation playing just 12 games. You won’t get +2500 at every book but if you can find one that’s foolish enough to offer him at that price – make them pay.

Bell will be running behind the same O-line he did a year ago and he’s the favorite at most shops to lead the NFL in rushing yards. Running backs need to have massive seasons in order to win the honors but I’m hugely confident in Le’Veon if he can ...

2017 Pittsburgh Steelers Futures Odds
Super Bowl+1200
AFC Championship+600
AFC North-150
Win Total10.5

Odds as of August 26 at Bovada