At 7-0, the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with the 1978 squad for the best start in franchise history. In a physical AFC North battle against the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers overcame a ten-point halftime deficit to win 28-24.
The win had major implications for the Steelers’ futures markets. Their Super Bowl odds improved from +950 to +600. They have the second-best odds behind the Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers are now favorites to win the AFC North (-320).
During the last three weeks, the Steelers’ opponents record at kickoff was a combined 14-2. For Week 9, they visit the 2-6 Dallas Cowboys. It was the last game to make the Week 9 menu at PA online sportsbooks. This is likely due to the questionable status of Cowboys backup quarterback Andy Dalton. Also, there is the question of COVID testing. Marlon Humprey, the Ravens defensive back who played every snap during Week 8, tested positive. As of Wednesday morning, no new cases have emerged on either side.
Opening lines have the Steelers as 13.5-point favorites with the over/under at 41.5. The Steelers are the biggest Week 9 favorites, only the Chiefs have a double-digit point spread (-10.5), too.
Steelers stellar Against the Spread
The public backed the undefeated Steelers and were rewarded with a Steelers cover and the total hitting the OVER. The Steelers are now 6-1 ATS.
Betting splits from FanDuel:
- 77% of the money was on the Steelers (+4) to cover the Spread
- 90% of the money was on the Steelers (+160) on the Moneyline
- 68% of the money was on the OVER (46)
FanDuel’s Director of Publicity Kevin Hennessy said handle has been strong for the Steelers games recently. The Steelers cracked the Top 5 for handle for Sunday’s Week 8 games.
“Part of this is due to typical local support in the Pennsylvania market, as well as the fact that they were playing a big game against division rivals. We anticipate support to continue to increase as they continue to win games.”
At BetRivers, bettors who wagered on “Any Other Steelers TD scorer” at +2500 didn’t have much of a sweat. Less than a minute into the game, Robert Spillane intercepted Lamar Jackson and scored a defensive touchdown.
Betting splits from BetRivers:
- 58% of the money was on the Steelers (+4) to cover the Spread
- 64% of the money was on the Steelers (+185) on on Moneyline
- 87% of the money was on the OVER (45)
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys odds
|Pittsburgh Steelers||-13.5 (-110)||-770||O 41.5 (-110)|
|Dallas Cowboys||+13.5 (-110)||+600||U 41.5 (-110)|
Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 odds tracker
(Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook)
|September 1, 2020||Oct. 1 (Week 6)||Oct. 20 (Week 7)||Oct. 27 (Week 8)||Nov. 3 (Week 9)|
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Preview
The Steelers sputtered to start against the Ravens. A pick-six by Robert Spillane was their only first-half points. Ben Roethlisberger threw for just 42 yards in the first half and the Steelers trailed by ten at the break. Roethlisberger rallied and tossed two touchdowns including the game winner to rookie Chase Claypool.
Ravens quarterback and reigning MVP Lamar Jackson threw two costly interceptions that resulted in fourteen points for the Steelers. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick forced a Jackson fumble on a fourth-and-three at the Steelers 8-yard line before the two-minute warning (the Steelers recovered the fumble). The Ravens did get one last chance to win when they got the ball back with 52 seconds left in the game. Fitzpatrick broke up Jackson’s waning seconds end zone throw to preserve the 28-24 win.
With Dak Prescott out for the season (ankle) and Andy Dalton in concussion protocol, the Dallas Cowboys turned to rookie seventh round draft pick Ben DiNucci to start Week 8 against NFC East rivals Philadelphia Eagles. The Sunday Night Football game wasn’t a marquee matchup. Both teams struggled to score and Dallas led at halftime 9-7.
Despite four turnovers by Carson Wentz, the Cowboys still couldn’t capitalize. In the second half, Wentz connected with Travis Fulgham for a touchdown and Rodney McLeod returned a fumble for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 23-9 victory. What was once a promising season has turned sour for the Cowboys. They have lost three straight and are a league-worst 0-8 ATS.
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