The Pittsburgh Steelers might have been the second-best team in the AFC last year and in fact reached the conference title game. The problem is that New England was so far superior to the Steelers that the gap between the two doesn’t seem close. Can Pittsburgh upset the Pats this year and reach the Super Bowl? The NFL odds at MyBookie have the Pittsburgh Steelers as top betting favorites in the 2017 season.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL Season Win Total Prediction & Betting Odds
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2016 Season RecapTo begin with, Pittsburgh won the AFC North with an 11-5 record. The Steelers beat Miami 30-12 in the wild-card round as Le’Veon Bell ran for a franchise postseason record 167 yards and two scores. They led by two touchdowns before the game was 10 minutes old on long touchdown passes from QB Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. Miami never got closer than 11.On the contrary, in the divisional round, the Steelers didn’t score a touchdown but won in Kansas City 18-16. Chris Boswell hit an NFL playoff-record six field goals. But they became the first team to win a playoff game without a TD since eventual Super Bowl champion Indianapolis in the 2006 AFC divisional round at Baltimore.However, in the AFC title game, Pittsburgh was outclassed 36-17 at New England. First of all they lost Bell late in the first quarter to a groin injury. The 19-point loss ended the Steelers’ nine-game winning streak. The franchise that has won the most Super Bowls, six, and the most postseason games, 36, never seemed likely to challenge in the misty rain.
Will Bell Hold Out?At the present time, one big question with training camp approaching is if Bell, arguably the NFL’s best all-around running back, will hold out for a new contract. Bell, 25, was slapped with the exclusive-rights franchise tag in February, but has yet to sign the tender. And he did not attend OTAs or mandatory minicamp, but cannot be fined because he has not yet signed a contract.In the meantime, Pittsburgh has until July 17 to reach a long-term deal with Bell. He would play at $12.1 million this season under the franchise tag. Bell had 1,884 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns in 12 games last season for the Steelers. He also added 75 receptions.
Final Season For Big Ben?Initially, Roethlisberger made news this offseason about possibly retiring, although few actually believed him. It’s possible he could walk away after this season however with the beatings he has taken in his career. According to former Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon, that talk of retirement was serious.Colon said, “I was at (former Steelers owner and chairman) Dan Rooney’s funeral in Pittsburgh and I got to sit down and talk to (Roethlisberger), and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously. He’s dealt with a lot of injuries.”Colon was an offensive lineman for the Steelers from 2006-12, playing right tackle for most of his tenure. He said that his former peers along the line could play a critical role in how long Roethlisberger continues to play.The 35-year-old has been Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback since 2004, leading the team to nine playoff appearances and two Super Bowl wins in 13 years. He has also taken a beating from opposing defenses, only playing all 16 games in three seasons.
Shazier Hopeful Of HealthOne of the Steelers’ best defensive players is linebacker Ryan Shazier, but the former Ohio State star simply has trouble staying on the field too. Shazier has proven his talent through three years in the league, but he has managed just 34 total games and has yet to play more than 13 in a season. With Lawrence Timmons gone, Shazier’s health will be even more important moving forward.“Your best ability is availability,” Shazier said. “[Playing a full season] would just show my consistency of being able to be a playmaker for this team … show people in the league that I can be a dynamic player.”On the other hand. when Shazier plays, good things happen. For instance, his two forced fumbles and 13 tackles sparked the Pittsburgh Steelers’ wild-card victory in Cincinnati after the 2015 season. Not to mention his four consecutive games with an interception late last season helped secure playoff wins over Miami and Kansas City.
Pittsburgh Steelers Futures Odds
- 2017-18 Regular Season Wins: 10.5 (over -130 favorite)
- Odds To Win AFC North: -140
- Odds To Win AFC: +380
- Odds To Win Super Bowl LII: +900
Upcoming Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL Schedule & Odds
- Week 1 – @ Cleveland Browns. NFL Odds: Steelers (-9)
- Week 2 – vs. Miinesota Vikings. NFL Odds: Steelers (-6)
- Week 3 – @ Chicago Bears. NFL Odds: Steelers (-5.5)
- Week 4 – @ Baltimore Ravens. NFL Odds: Steelers (-1.5)
- Week 5 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars. NFL Odds: Steelers (-9)
- Week 6 @ Kanasas City Chiefs. NFL Odds: Chiefs (-1.5)
- Week 7 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals. NFL Odds: Steelers (-7)
- Week 8 – @ Detroit Lions. NFL Odds: Steelers (-1.5)
- Week 9 BYE
- Week 10 @ Indianapolis Colts. NFL Odds: Steelers (-1)
- Week 11 – vs. Tennessee Titans. NFL Odds: Steelers (-6.5)
- Week 12 – vs. Green Bay Packers. NFL Odds: Steelers (-3)
- Week 13 – @ Cincinnati Bengals. NFL Odds: Steelers (-1)
- Week 14 – Baltimor Ravens. NFL Odds: Steelers (-6)
- Week 15 – vs. New England Patriots. NFL Odds: (-1.5)
- Week 16 – @ Houston Texans. NFL Odds: Steelers (-1)
- Week 17 – vs. Cleveland Browns. NFL Odds: Steelers (TBA)