Welcome to Vegas Sports Betting Pittsburgh Steelers season preview where we will further discuss the odds of them winning the division, conference, and Super bowl offered by the best online sportsbooks.
Last year, the Pittsburgh Steeler started off the season bad but picked up their game by finishing with an 8-8 record. They were just shy of advancing to the playoffs. They were literally eliminated from the playoff because of a field goal miss that did not involve a Steelers game. On week 17 of the 2013 regular season, the San Diego Chargers faced the Kansas City Chief in a crucial game that depended on the Steelers playoffs hope. In the 4th quarter, with 4 seconds left on the game clock, Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed the 41 yard field goal allowing the game to go to overtime. There was also many controversy on a no flag call as there were too special team player on one side before the snap; this was a new NFL rule that was implement last season. Due to this, the Chargers were able to win the game in overtime allowing them to advance to the playoff and eliminating the Steelers.
This year, the team was active during free agency signings and made major change offensively and defensively. For the offensive side, the team had lost two of their starting receivers that being Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Though, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will have a much more elusive and faster receiver mix to work with. The Steelers offense acquired wide receiver Lance Moore from the New Orleans Saint; the veteran receiver is said to being in that third slot as Antonio stays on that top spot and young Markus Wheaton in that 2nd slot. Antonio Brown had a stunning year last season; I would definitely recommend him in your fantasy team as he was one of the top wide receivers picking up big points. Furthermore, the Steelers have also added LeGarrette Blount to their running game. If he is able to connect well with his offensive teammate, he may be entitled to bring the Steelers power running game playbook back which was originally set up for by future Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis. Thought, Blount is set to being RB LaVeon Bell back-up.
Defensively, the team went through a completely turnaround by letting go of their veteran players which includes linebacker LaMarr Woodley and Larry Foote, defensive tackle Ziggy Hood and Safety Ryan Clark. Luckily though, other veteran’s players such as safety Troy Polamalu, cornerback Ike Taylor, linebackers Jason Worilds and Lawrence Timmons still remain part of the Steelers defensive mix. They were also able to added a key safety to that mix that being Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers. It will be exciting to see how head coach Mike Tomlin will adjust his defense as he gets ready for the 2014 season. In my opinion, although they lost a big chunk of their defense, they still look like a playoff contending team and should be able to win the division.
WR Emmanuel Sanders
WR Jerricho Cotchery
RB Jonathan Dwyer
LB LaMarr Woodley
DT Ziggy Hood
LB Larry Foote
S Ryan Clark
RB LeGarrette Blount (NE)
S Mike Mitchell (CAR)
WR Lance Moore (NO)
LB Arthur Moats (BUF)
Bovada Sportsbook Betting Odds:
Vegas Sports Betting Odds to Win the 2014 AFC North: +200
Vegas Sports Betting Odds to win conference: 12/1
Vegas Sports Betting Odds to win Super Bowl: 28/1