The Pittsburgh Steelers are synonymous with success and last season provided yet another example of how the franchise came to be a symbol of greatness as it posted 12 wins for the third time in three years. However, some are expecting a step back from the team this season. Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 NFL Predictions and Super Bowl Odds at Sportsbook.ag have the team favored to win Under 10.5 games at -170 odds ($170 to win $100). The offshore book does see the team contending for a division title and the AFC crown, though. The Steelers are drawing +120 odds to win the AFC North and +700 to win the AFC Championship ($100 to win $700). Pittsburgh is a +1400 money line play to win its seventh Lombardi Trophy.
While Pittsburgh closed out the 2011 season with a 12-4 record, not everything was roses for the club last year. The Steelers, who were unexpectedly dumped by the Broncos in a Wild Card playoff game at Mile High, averaging just 20.3 points per game despite fielding the 11th best offense in terms of yards produced (372.3 yards per game).
Pittsburgh’s inefficiency led to the dismissal of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and the subsequent hiring of former Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley to serve as his replacement. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the current face of the franchise, expressed his displeasure with the move, leading some to speculate that he and the volatile Haley would clash and clash often.
Regardless of how well Roethlisberger and Haley co-exist, Cantor Gaming envisions the Steelers being a major force this season. The Las Vegas based odds maker, which released points spreads for weeks one through 16 of the 2012 NFL regular season schedule, has the Steelers favored in 11 of 15 games.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 NFL Regular Season Schedule and Point Spreads: Provided by Cantor Gaming
Week #1 Pittsburgh Steelers (+2) at Denver Broncos Week #2 New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5) Week #3 Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at Oakland Raiders Week #4 BYE Week #5 Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers (-1) Week #6 Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) at Tennessee Titans Week #7 Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) at Cincinnati Bengals Week #8 Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7) Week #9 Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at New York Giants Week #10 Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7) Week #11 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) Week #12 Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) at Cleveland Browns Week #13 Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at Baltimore Ravens Week #14 San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5) Week #15 Pittsburgh Steelers (+1.5) at Dallas Cowboys Week #16 Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) Week #17 Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (No Line Posted)
Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 NFL Predictions and Super Bowl Odds:
Odds to Win 2013 Super Bowl XLVII +1400 ($100 to win $1400)Odds to Win 2013 AFC Championship +700 ($100 to win $700) Odds to Win AFC North +120 ($100 to win $120)Regular Season Win Total: Over 10.5 wins (+140), Under 10.5 wins (-170)
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