Welcome to the high-water mark.
Don’t look now, Mountain State bettors, but it’s three straight victories, going on four, for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If they defeat the Chicago Bears as a substantial favorite on Monday Night Football, they will reach a new height: two games over .500. A jaunt from 1-3 to 5-3.
If their offense comes alive against a Bears defense that was gouged for 467 yards in last week’s 33-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, over-under and prop bettors will lick their chops.
Are there touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool looming? What about the opportunities for star running back Najee Harris? And the over-under sits at only 40.
Bettors have several appealing options.
Pittsburgh Steelers Odds At WV Sportsbooks
The beauty of most of the West Virginia sportsbooks is they allow you to create your own parlay.
DraftKings WV is especially good at letting players tease spreads and game totals several points up or down and bet accordingly.
Here’s a basic AFC North model:
Take the Steelers and Bears down from 40 to 34 points and select the over.
Move the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns down to 38.5 and take the over.
Those bets combined are -111, nearly the same odds one would play for one game.
Why you would do something like this: the chance to move each game by about a touchdown in your favor.
Steelers games often fall in the 40–43-point range. Coach Mike Tomlin’s blunder of the fake field goal call that led to Chris Boswell’s injury cost the team at least seven points last week. Add that to the 25 total from Pittsburgh’s 15-10 win and the 34 number looks realistic.
The Bengals will be hopping mad for falling asleep against the New York Jets in a wild loss, and their defense is about average. Forty points is reachable for these teams.
Want to make it an AFC North triple dip? Toss the Ravens in on the moneyline at home against the Minnesota Vikings, and the three-teamer becomes +170.
Take these bets individually and you have to lay out too much juice. Put them together and gain a reasonably decent payout for three events that have a good chance.
Granted, the parlay bettor must hit on every part of it to collect. But this is an example of what gamblers can do with the lines.
The key on these bets: Whichever way you go, build out the parlay off of a key wager, even if it has lopsided odds. The more you build, the better the price gets.
Steelers Prop Bets Vs. Bears
Two celebrated rookies form their own prop.
Harris and Bears QB Justin Fields to combine for 124.5 rushing yards is +125 at DraftKings.
The Steelers got one of the NFL draft’s first-round steals in Harris.
He continues to be the player they can’t live without, notching all-purpose yards and scoring rushing touchdowns. Harris also manages to get tough yards near the goal line. He runs with an intangible passion.
On the other side of the ball, Fields loves to run. He tallied 103 yards in 10 carries last week.
The book is tempting bettors because the pair combined for 194 last week. Can they do 125?
State Of The Steelers
Is this recent run a radar-screen blip or a trend?
If the Steelers beat Chicago and Cleveland topples Cincinnati this week, the Steelers will be in second place in the AFC North.
Somehow, the Steelers only have one more loss than the division-leading Baltimore Ravens. Conversely, for Ravens bettors, this might be the best price on them all season. It is still a little out of range for most.
In the short term, the Steelers have made good use of the middle of their schedule.
In the long term, they haven’t convinced books that they can catch the Ravens.
“There are a couple scenarios going on in the AFC North right now,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told PlayWV.
“The Ravens are still in the best spot. Cleveland is just not getting it done, for whatever reason. The Bengals are not ready to take over the division. Pittsburgh is just not that good right now.”
The Steelers are hanging around because they won three straight nail-biters, over the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Browns. For the moment, they have rescued their season.
A key part of the equation, Boswell, showed a sense of humor early in the week. Boswell said he got dressed up as a quarterback for Halloween and got spooked on the fake field-goal call.
The trick play was not a treat for the Steelers, but they won and now hope to have the NFL’s most accurate kicker since 2019 (hitting 60 of 64 overall attempts, or 94%) back.
Watch the lineup closely. He’s a key to these bets.