COVID-19 has disrupted nearly everything and took aim at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ perfect season. Four Steelers, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list leading up to their Week 10 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Steelers managed to overcome the disruption and easily defeated the Bengals 36-10. Pittsburgh gave Bengals rookie franchise quarterback Joe Burrow a rude welcome in his first game against the black and yellow. The Steelers defense harassed Burrow all afternoon with four sacks, nine hits and four batted passes.
Despite missing practice all week, Roethlisberger had his best game of the season. He completed 27 of 46 attempts for a season-high 333 yards and four touchdowns (also a season high).
8-0 tied the Steelers’ best start in franchise history and now, at 9-0, the 2020 Steelers are further cementing themselves in the team’s storied history. At PA online sports betting apps, the Steelers’ Super Bowl odds are +550, second only to the Kansas City Chiefs (+350).
Twitter reacted to the Steelers’ trouncing of the Bengals.
Steelers are studs against the spread
Betting splits from FanDuel for Bengals vs. Steelers:
- 78% of the money was on the Steelers (+6.5) to cover the spread
- 57% of the money was on the Steelers on the moneyline
- 61% of the money was on the OVER (45.5)
At BetRivers, Pittsburgh was backed by 88% of ML handle and 74% of spread handle. The game was out of reach early, but both teams did enough in garbage time to hit over 45.5 (64% of O/U handle). Diontae Johnson scored the first TD of the game for Pittsburgh, which was the most wagered-on TD prop bet of the game.
The Steelers covered the 6.5-point spread and moved to 7-2 ATS.
Will the Steelers go undefeated?
The Steelers are the first team to go 9-0 since the 2015 Super Bowl runners-up Carolina Panthers. Their offense is rolling. The Steelers became just the 12th team in NFL history to score at least 24 points in each of their first nine games.
Here is the latest breakdown on the “Any team to go 16-0” market: Yes (+800)/No (-1500)
Another Heisman winner bites the dust
The AFC North has three Heisman winning QBs: Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow. The Steelers beat them all once already this season.
NFL Twitter: "The AFC North has 3 Heisman trophy winners while the Steelers only have an old Big Ben"
Steelers fans: pic.twitter.com/U2YUCEnAPS
— ℘ɧıƖƖı℘ (PIT 10-0) 🖤💛 (@MVPSamDarnold) November 16, 2020
Fast forward to week 10 of the NFL 2020 season and Big Ben has beaten all 3 QBs and is 9-0. In conclusion he’s still the father of the AFC North! #HereWeGo
Fuck your Heisman trophies LMAO! https://t.co/weMcItE4Og
— SteelersKB 🧬 (@SteelersKillerB) November 16, 2020
Big Ben appreciation tweets
“Big Ben is the 4th best QB in his division” pic.twitter.com/UtzjMEPcYW
— AlexTG (@AlexTG24) November 16, 2020
Big Ben’s postgame has a chance to be amazing when he tells everyone how he beat COVID, shook off his aching knees, overcame his elbow that’s killing him, had to use Zoom instead of practicing then had to throw it through the wind. This will be amazing. My QB1. Love him.
— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) November 16, 2020
— That Blitz Guy (@ThatBlitzGuy) November 16, 2020
Praise pours in for the Steelers
— Franco Harris (@francoharrishof) November 16, 2020
This didn’t age well…
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) November 16, 2020
— BlitzburghVideos (@BlitzVideos) November 14, 2020
Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 odds tracker
(Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook)
|Sept. 1, 2020||Oct. 1 (Week 6)||Oct. 20 (Week 7)||Oct. 27 (Week 8)||Nov. 3 (Week 9)||Nov. 10 (Week 10)||Nov. 17 (Week 11)||Nov. 24 (Week 12)|
|AFC North||+340||+220||+150||+120||-320||not listed||-800||-2500|
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic