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Pittsburgh Steelers starting QB odds come down to Kenny Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky.

Last season, the future of the Steelers quarterback position became somewhat of a hotly debated topic. Would they draft a rookie? Would they trade for Aaron Rodgers? Would the dried husk of Ben Roethlisberger's body make an encore appearance that nobody asked for?

Well, fast forward to training camp 2022, and we finally have our answer, sort of.

The Steelers did draft a rookie – the first QB off the board in round one – but they also brought in some competition who has a heavy lead in Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback odds just a few weeks before the start of the season. 

Oddsmakers over at BetOnline Sportsbook have released Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback odds as a prop bet on who will be the starting QB for the Steelers in Week 1 on September 11 in Cincinnati.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Odds: Who Will Start For The Steelers In Week 1?

Who will start Week 1 for the pittsburgh steelers in the 2022-23 season?
Player American Odds
Mitchell Trubisky -350
Kenny Pickett +225

Odds as of August 10 at BetOnline Sportsbook

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Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Odds: Next QB Possibilities

Mitchell Trubisky (-350)

Yes, really. The guy the Bears traded up from pick three to pick two to draft ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in 2017 is now the presumed starter and heavy favorite in Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback odds. 

Trubisky spent four seasons in Chicago posting a QBR over 53 just once and never throwing for more than 3,223 yards in a season. 

Trubisky actually made the Pro Bowl in 2018 after throwing 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on a team that went 12-4 mostly due its quality defense. 

But that's about the jist of his career accomplishments. Trubisky ended up in Buffalo last season after the Bears declined his fifth-year option where he attemped eight passes as Josh Allen's backup.

Now, Trubisky enters a situation where he is likely an upgrade on the previous year as the clock finally struck midnight on Big Ben's career last season.

I don't expect much from Trubisky, but there is some talent here and he's definitely a more athletic option than Roethlisberger, which should help out the offense a tad.

He's the safe bet in starting quarterback for the Steelers odds.

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Kenny Pickett (+225)

The 20th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and the first QB off the board, it was a match made in heaven for Pickett, who played his college football at Pitt on the same field he will play his home games on for the Steelers.

With this year not regarded as a great draft for QBs, it's safe to say Pickett was sort of the default number one guy with no top talents on the board and his college numbers don't really pop outside of his final year.

After four mediocre years where his best numbers were 13 touchdowns and nine picks, Pickett put up 42 touchdowns and seven INTs in his final year.

Pickett is an older prospect, as he played five years at Pitt, and enters the league at 24 years old. For perspective, Pickett is just a couple months younger than Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa, who are both entering their third year in the NFL.

And although it is clear the Steelers would like the start Pickett at some point, it doesn't appear it will be in Week 1 of this season. That has to be a little concerning for Steelers fans considering Pickett's age, but it is quite common for rookie QBs to sit on the sideline for at least the first few games of the season.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin this week said that Pickett and long-time backup Mason Rudolph were "making it difficult" to decide who would be the Week 1 starter, but he went on to say that if they had to play a meaningful game this week that Trubisky would be the starter.

Things can change in the preseason and, of course, injuries always happen. But we would expect Trubisky to get the start in Week 1 as long as all goes to Tomlin's plan. It can't hurt to sprinkle a little on Pickett in Steelers starting quarterback odds, but we wouldn't hold out breathe.