Steelers catapult Patriots as Super Bowl favorites
After their sound thumping of the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers have become Super Bowl favorites, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.
The 26-9 win, coupled with New England's surprising home loss to Carolina, have catapulted the Steelers with 9-2 odds to win the title, as signaled by Westgate SuperBook's tabulations.
The Patriots came into Week 1 as 13/4 favorites, miles ahead of the second-place Seahawks (8-1), but a slow 2-2 start and looming questions about their defense has caused the Patriots to fall out of favor with bettors.
MGM sportsbooks have the Kansas City Chiefs and Patriots listed as 7-2 co-favorites.
The Steelers, meanwhile, are 2-0 in the AFC North. With Le'Veon Bell amassing 144 yards Sunday, a return to form likely has bettors feeling particularly good about Pittsburgh's vaunted offense achieving its potential.
The Steelers are also Super Bowl favorites at Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology.
In addition to the Patriots, Chiefs and Steelers, the Green Bay Packers (6-1) and Atlanta Falcons have single-digit odds at most sportsbooks.
"You can fool yourself thinking that this team is pretty good because they beat this team, but then you find out that the team you thought was really good really stinks," Ed Salmons, head football oddsmaker at the Westgate, told ESPN. "Who knows? The Chiefs could be the best team right now. Right now, looking at it, you'd have to say Pittsburgh and Kansas City are the two best teams in that conference."