Steelers Being Disrespected by Odds to Win Super Bowl

By michael obermuller
The Pittsburgh Steelers are being disrespected by the latest odds to win the Super Bowl.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are being disrespected by the latest odds to win the Super Bowl. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been the best team so far in 2020, at least by record. They are the only undefeated team remaining, after knocking off the Tennessee Titans in Week 7, and Ben Roethlisberger's return has been the perfect catalyst for this dominant defense.

Steelers Odds to Win Super Bowl

Even so, the Steelers have not yet earned the respect they deserve. On FanDuel Sportsbook, Pittsburgh currently has +950 odds to win the Super Bowl. That's fourth-best for the NFL, and only third-best in the AFC.

The Steelers sit behind the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The defending champs and the Bucs (with their recent Antonio Brown signing) might be justified, but how can oddsmakers give Pittsburgh worse odds than Baltimore?

The Ravens are coming off a great season, which was an MVP campaign for Lamar Jackson, but they have been far less dominant in 2020. Jackson's stats are way down, as the league has begun to adjust to his style of play, and Baltimore's run game has also taken a severe hit after Marshal Yanda's retirement over the offseason. Baltimore has also yet to prove itself in the playoffs (0-2 under Jackson), while Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh have plenty of experience in this regard.

The Steelers have also gotten deeper this season. Rookie Chase Claypool's size and red zone ability has given Pittsburgh a tremendous weapon that they did not have last year, not to mention the addition of Eric Ebron at tight end. This rushing attack is still one of the better one's in football, and with Big Ben's steady hand on the wheel, this unit has flipped the script since 2019.

The aforementioned dominant defense is also playing at a top-tier level, as T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree make up a scary edge-rushing combination, and Cameron Heyward has continued to be a beast against the run. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is the other star playmaker on the field, helping revitalize a Steel Curtain that Pittsburgh fans once told as a bedtime story.

One could argue that the Steelers deserve to be second in Super Bowl odds behind the Chiefs, or at least second in the AFC, but Pittsburgh won't complain. These fans know defense wins championships, and any doubters will continue to act as inspiration heading into a road game in Baltimore this weekend.

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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.