On one sideline you have the Steelers, who are coming off a tough loss against the Jets. They lit up the scoreboard for three straight weeks before that. On the other sideline you have the Tennessee Titans, who have lost seven of their last eight outright and haven’t scored more than 17 points in a game since Week 5.
That adds up to oddsmakers cheering for the underdog Titans in a big way.
“We opened with Pittsburgh -5 and early sharp action came in on the Steelers causing us to move to 5.5 and then to 6,” Sports Interaction oddsmaker Greg Sindall said. “The public has also been backing the Steelers heavily which forced us to move out to -6.5. Currently, 91 percent of the handle is on Pittsburgh and if this trend keeps up, we could be on 7 at kick off.”
In a standalone game like this, oddsmakers are forced to actively manage their odds right up until kickoff. Before 1 p.m. E.T., Sports Interaction moved the line to Pittsburgh -7 -105.
“The Steelers are always a bit of a public team,” Sindall said. “They are one of the classic teams that will always attract action because they have a massive fan base that extends far beyond local fans. A game like this is almost impossible to balance. We have a popular team like the Steelers, and Roethlisberger has had a couple huge games this season, playing against a weak opponent in the Titans. All of that adds up to one-sided action on the Steelers.”
The Steelers support in tonight’s game isn’t coming as a surprise. Sindall also said the book has seen heavy action on the Steelers to win the AFC North over the last couple of weeks. Cincinnati still has the majority of the book’s handle to win the division, but most of those bets came from preseason wagers. Since then it’s been all Pittsburgh.