Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin gestures on the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Odds Don’t Look Any Better For Pittsburgh Steelers In 2014

“Never tell me the odds.”

I think the Pittsburgh Steelers would have to agree with our buddy Han on this one when it comes to telling this team how well it will (or won’t) perform over the course of a season.  That doesn’t stop Vegas or any other betting outfit from creating odds for people willing to gamble.

The bookies over at Bovada certainly don’t like the Steelers chances of making a significant turnaround from back to back 8-8 seasons.  They have the over/under win total sitting at 8.5.  Eeesh.  So much for keeping the optimism train a rollin.’  Well it won’t stop me, and I hope it won’t stop anyone in Steeler Nation in thinking that this team can post 10 wins or more this season.

One big reason – it’s the NFL.  Anything can happen, and that’s why they play the game.  I lost count of how many bad bounces the ball made that put the Steelers on the wrong side of the outcome.  Luck is a factor, and you can’t analyze or quantify that from one season to the next.

I’m sure Darth is putting all his money down on the Cowboys. You just know it. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Another reason is whether you really want to believe it or not, the Steelers made some upgrades and positive changes – both within the coaching staff and with the roster.  The team is setting themselves up in improvements across the board, except perhaps in the secondary (which the coaches appear very confident with who they have in that area at this time).  Whether that all pans out has yet to be played out, but again, that’s why they play.

Lastly, if you want to put any stock in what Vegas puts out there, the Steelers have a very good chance of beating their own odds based on everyone else’s in the AFC North.  Cincy sits at a 9, the Ravens at 8.5, and the Browns are at 6.5 for over/under win totals.  That means that overall it’s a weaker division, allowing the Steelers a chance to run the table against their own division rivals.  Bovada also posted the Steelers and Bengals at 2-1 odds to win the division while the Ravens and Browns are at 5-2 and 5-1 respectively.

I don’t know if I’d put any money down on the Steelers this season in winning the Super Bowl.  But I certainly would take a gamble in betting these guys squeeze in at least one playoff game in 2014.  And those are better odds than having to navigate an asteroid field.

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  • trinity

    I think they could get into the playoffs. In terms of superbowl, It’s the tom and peyton show in the AFC right now. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers won the division. Only a crazy person would trust Andy Dalton. I definitely do not have the Bengals locked in to win the division.

  • scott sinclair

    They have got to use Blount for more than the 6-8 carries per game they plan on. He can be a great closer in the mold of Bettis or Marion Barber when he was with Dallas

  • jayman419

    To be fair, the Vegas odds have absolutely nothing to do with what they think might happen on the field. They set the opening odds based on how they think people will bet. And there’s very little on the field that can cause them to change those odds (injuries come to mind), instead what the oddsmakers are responding to are where people are betting.

    See, legit gambling institutions aren’t trying to get people to lose their bets… they want an equal number of winners and losers. They want their books to balance and they want a lot of action, because their businesses (and profits) are all about the vig.