At the halfway point of the NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the lone undefeated team in the league. Their Week Eight win over the Baltimore Ravens sent their futures markets soaring. The Steelers’ Super Bowl odds improved from +950 to +600. They have the second-best odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, behind the Kansas City Chiefs.
At 7-0, the Steelers are tied for the best start in franchise history. The 1978 team started 7-0 and finished the season 14-2, beating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XII.
With the black and yellow off to a red-hot start, the halfway mark of the season is a good time to take a look back at their preseason odds at Pennsylvania online sportsbooks and where they are now.
Steelers win over Ravens moves them ahead in futures markets
Prior to the start of the season, bookmakers loved the Ravens (+650) and gave them the second-best odds after the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Super Bowl. The Steelers entered their Week Eight game against the 5-1 Ravens as underdogs but emerged with a 28-24 win.
The win also shifted futures betting markets for both teams.
Prior to Steelers vs. Ravens Week Eight:
- Super Bowl: +950 (now +600)
- AFC Title: +470 (now +300)
- AFC North +120 (now -320)
- Super Bowl: +550 (now +1000)
- AFC Title: +310 (now +500)
- AFC North: -125 (now -320)
Pittsburgh Steelers futures odds tracker
(Odds via FanDuel)
|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|
Betting on an undefeated season
Will the Steelers go undefeated? Four teams have finished the NFL regular season undefeated. The 2007 New England Patriots were the most recent team to accomplish the feat.
A number of PA online sportsbooks currently offer the “team to go 16-0” market.
Pittsburgh Steelers to go 16 -0:
- Yes: +1100
- No: -2500
- Any team to go 16-0: Yes +1200
- Every team loses at least one game: -3500
Conversely, there is the “Team to go 0-16” market (looking at you, New York Jets): Yes (+260)/No (-335).
Betting on Steelers season win total
At FanDuel, you can bet on the exact number of Pittsburgh Steelers wins.
- 7: +12000
- 8: +9000
- 9: +3500
- 10: +1100
- 11: +650
- 12: +360
- 13: +280
- 14: +300
- 15: +380
- 16: +1200
Pittsburgh Steelers to make the playoffs (bets are action if the season is shortened, void if the season is cancelled or there are not seven playoff teams per conference):
- Yes: -20000
- No: +2000
Before the season, most sportsbooks had the Steelers’ over/under win total set at 9. Odds to make the playoffs were Yes (-137)/No (+113).
NFL 2020 player awards futures betting at halfway point
(Odds via DraftKings)
Preseason NFL MVP odds:
- Patrick Mahomes: +400
- Lamar Jackson: +700
- Russell Wilson: +800
NFL MVP odds after Week 8:
- Russell Wilson: -182
- Patrick Mahomes: +350
- Aaron Rodgers: +1000
Preseason Pittsburgh Steelers NFL MVP Futures:
- Ben Roethlisberger: +4000
- T.J. Watt: +15000
- James Conner: +20000
Week 8 Pittsburgh Steelers MVP Futures:
- Ben Roethlisberger: +3000
- TJ Watt: +15000
Preseason Offensive Rookie of the Year (Steelers):
- Chase Claypool: +4000
- Anthony McFarland: +12500
Week 8 preseason Offensive Rookie of the Year:
- Chase Claypool: +2500
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year:
- Ben Roethlisberger: +7000
- James Conner: +8000
- JuJu Smith-Schuster: +10000
Week Eight Offensive Player of the Year not listed
Preseason defensive Player of the Year:
- T.J. Watt: +1400
- Minkah Fitzpatrick: +4000
- Cameron Heyward: +20000
Week 8 Defensive Player of the Year
- TJ Watt: +300 (favorite)
- Minkah Fitzpatrick: +3300
- Stephon Tuitt: +10000
Preseason Comeback Player of the Year:
- Ben Roethlisberger: +350 (favorite)
Week Eight Comeback Player of the Year not listed
Preseason odds for Super Bowl LV MVP:
- Ben Roethlisberger: +4000
- JuJu Smith-Schuster: +15000
- James Conner: +17500
Pittsburgh Steelers individual player betting markets
Before the season started, PA online sportsbooks had individual betting markets for certain stars. Let’s check in on the JuJu, James and Big Ben markets.
(Preseason odds via Unibet Sportsbook)
Ben Roethlisberger player specials:
- Total passing yards: Over/Under 3800.5
- Passing touchdowns total: Over/Under 25.5
- Total interceptions thrown: Over/Under 12
Roethlisberger after seven games: 1,628 yards, 15 TDs, four INTs
James Conner player specials:
- Total rushing yards: Over/Under 775.5
- Total rushing touchdowns: Over/Under 6.5
Conner after seven games: 498 yards, five TDs
JuJu Smith-Schuster player specials:
- Total receiving yards: Over/Under 1100.5
- Total receiving touchdowns: Over/Under 6.5
Smith-Schuster after seven games: 346 yards, three TDs
NFL season leader betting markets
(Odds via DraftKings)
Season leader markets give NFL bettors the chance to pick which player they think will lead the league in a certain statistical category. Here, we let you know what their preseason odds were and if they are in the Top 10 of the statistical category currently.
Passing TD leader:
Roethlisberger (+2000) ranks 7th with 15 passing touchdowns. Russell Wilson is tops with 26.
Most rushing yards:
Conner (+4000) is 10th with 498 yards. Derrick Henry leads with 775.
Conner (+3300) is tied for sixth with six rushing touchdowns.
T.J. Watt (+1300) ranks fourth with 6.5 sacks. Bud Dupree (+4000) is seventh with six sacks.
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Nick Wass