Ben Roethlisberger injury, 0-2 start turn Steelers into big betting longshots
At 0-2 and without their franchise quarterback for the rest of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have turned into heavy longshots in the gambling community.
According to Sportsbettingdime.com, the Steelers’ odds to win AFC North have gone from a “high” of +150 before the season began (meaning, a $100 bet on them to win the division would return $150 in profit) all the way to +600 (in other words, 6-to-1).
The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, have emerged as heavy favorites following their 2-0 start to the season. They had been a distant third behind the Cleveland Browns and Steelers throughout the spring and preseason.
When it comes to the Super Bowl, things look even more bleak for the Steelers as far as the oddsmakers are concerned. The Steelers were in the 20-to-1 range to win the Super Bowl during the preseason, and they fell to 28-to-1 after the loss to the New England Patriots in the season opener.
But after Sunday’s home loss to the Seattle Seahawks and — more importantly — the season-ending surgery required on Ben Roethlisberger’s throwing elbow, the Steelers have tumbled to and 80-to-1 longshot according to www.BetOnline.ag.
Only nine teams in the NFL have worse odds on Bet Online.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .