The Steelers had a disappointing season in 2013 and while they may not have improved back to where they were when they were winning Super Bowls, they are close to it this season. Their NFL Odds also have a ton of value, and it seems like Pittsburgh is severely undervalued.
Super Bowl (+3300)
With how bad the AFC should be this season outside of a few top teams, the Steelers are in a very good position. They don’t have much to compete against outside of their tougher division, but even the AFC North isn’t as imposing as it normally is. We’ll get to that below, however in a broader aspect this upcoming season, the Steelers may be in line for a very good one. After missing the playoffs in 2013, the Steelers look like they could be one of the more improved teams from last year. Their defense should improve a lot as well, and even with the loss of Emmanuel Sanders on offense, Ben Roethlisberger should still have another great season with this offense. Roethlisberger finished in the top ten in passing yards last season mostly because of how bad their defense was. With an improved unit, the Steelers will be able to control the ball more, and that will ultimately translate into wins for this team. Pittsburgh’s futures could have tremendous value as betting picks, even their 33/1 Super Bowl Odds that are severely undervalued.
Only the Patriots, Broncos and Colts have better NFL Odds to win the AFC this season from Bovada, and even though they are priced much more fairly in their conference NFL odds, the Steelers could still be the most valuable AFC team in the futures. I think they will win their division this season and could finish as high as third in the playoff standings once the regular season ends. If Pittsburgh can get to 10 wins this season, at least one home playoff game should be guaranteed for that. Even though it may seem like the Broncos and Patriots are going to be unbeatable this year in the AFC, the Steelers are going to be improved enough on defense and solid enough on offense to give either of those two teams trouble. Roethlisberger and the Steelers have upset better teams before in the playoffs, and this just seems like a season where it could happen again.
AFC North (+200)
One of the reasons I think the Steelers could have some upside this year is that I also think the AFC North will be down somewhat. The Bengals won the division last season however they have lost several key starters on both sides of the ball from 2013, and of course both of their coordinators got head coaching jobs elsewhere. I am a firm believer that Andy Dalton was only good because of Jay Gruden, and now with Gruden in Washington, the Bengals are going to regress. I doubt the Browns are ready to compete even if Johnny Manziel is a super star, and the Ravens don’t seem to have done enough to improve upon their weaknesses from last season. Even though Baltimore will be right there at the end, Pittsburgh is a better team this season, and another couple wins on top of their totals from last season are probable. I see Pittsburgh’s this offseason has a huge value as an NFL betting pick.