- Ben Roethlisberger has been placed on the COVID-19 list and will miss Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
- Pittsburgh’s odds dropped from -8 points to -6.5 points after the news broke out.
- The Steelers have seen their odds improve to +4000 after last week’s win over the Browns.
The Pittsburgh Steelers opened as -8 point spread betting favorites against the winless Detroit Lions in their Week 10 game on Sunday in Heinz Field. But with the Steelers placing starting QB Ben Roethlisberger on the COVID-19 injury list, those odds have dropped to -6.5 in the latest Caesars Sportsbook betting board:
Updated odds at #CaesarsSportsbook with Ben Roethlisberger now out on the COVID-19 list.
Steelers -8 ➡️ -6.5 pic.twitter.com/nVKT50kKgc
— Caesars Sportsbook (@CaesarsSports) November 14, 2021
No word from the Steelers on whether Big Ben himself contracted the virus or if he is just a close contact of someone who did but since he had previously said that he is fully vaccinated, he could return in Week 11 where the Steelers play the Los Angeles Chargers. However, he will miss Sunday’s game against the winless Detroit Lions which could hurt Pittsburgh’s momentum.
Steelers Super Bowl Odds Get a Boost
— Still Curtain (@StillCurtain) November 13, 2021
The Steelers entered Week 9 with a +6600 odds to win Super Bowl LVI. After beating the Cleveland Browns, their odds shortened to +4000 via BetMGM. Pittsburgh is also listed at +4000 via the BetOnline App. They have longer +5000 odds via Caesars Sportsbook and Unibet while PointsBetUSA has their longest SB LVI odds at +5500. On the other hand, the Steelers are as short as +3300 at Bet365 USA.
They are still outside the Top 10 as far as Super Bowl LVI odds are concerned. But considering that Pittsburgh had dropped to +10000 after going 1-3 from being at +3000 after beating the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, the Steelers have made it back to the race.
With a fifth straight win on Sunday. the Steelers would force a tie with the Ravens for the top spot in the AFC North and second place in the AFC conference. A loss, on the other hand, would drop them to 5-4 put them back in the middle of the pack. The Steelers are 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games against the Lions. Without Big Ben, however, it could be another story.
Mason Rudolph Will Make His 10th Career Start
— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) November 14, 2021
With Roethlisberger out, Mason Rudolph is expected to start for the Steelers. Although he started just one game last season, he showed significant improvement from his previous outings. In 2019, Rudolph played 10 games including eight starts for an injured Roethlisberger. During that stretch, he threw 13 TDs and had nine interceptions. In his Week 17 start last season, Rudolph completed 22 of 39 passes for 315 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Over the past three seasons, Pittsburgh has a 17-8 record when Roethlisberger is on the field. During that period, they have scored an average of 23.4 points per game on 324.9 yards of total offense produced and with a 66% pass percentage. In 15 games without Big Ben, the Steelers are just 8-7 while averaging 18.8 points per game on 283.5 yards of offense per outing with a 60% pass completion rate.
The Steelers head to Sunday’s game against the Lions with a 0-4 SU and ATS record in their last four games without Ben Roethlisberger. Although Rudolph was the starter in only one of those four games, it’s evident that Big Ben has been the key to this team’s success. We’ll see how it plays out on Sunday.