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Steelers open as 5.5-point favorites over Chiefs in Week 2

Despite failing to beat a spread of 3.5 points in Week 1, the oddsmakers have made the Steelers even bigger favorites in Week 2

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

While the Pittsburgh Steelers faltered with a disappointing tie against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, the Kansas City Chiefs ended the day with a convincing win on the road over the Los Angeles Charger. However, despite six turnovers and a host of blown opportunities to win in FirstEnergy Stadium, the oddsmakers still believe the Steelers are bigger favorites to win in Week 2 than they were against the Browns.

The Steelers were 3.5 point favorites just before kickoff in Cleveland, but have opened as 5.5 points favorites for their home opener, and the bookmakers must have seen something they liked in Pittsburgh on Sunday to price them so favorably.

Barring the return of Le’Veon Bell at some point in the week, it would be a surprise to see this opening spread get any larger, and those looking to back the Steelers against Kansas City could be well advised to wait a few days before making any bets. The line is sure to shorten as it gets closer to game day and a spread in the region of 3.5 points is much more likely come kickoff once again.

According to VegasInsider.com, the opening totals position has been set at 49.5 points and this looks like a number that could fall as the week progresses as well.

That being said, it is worth noting that Pittsburgh has won their last three games played against the Chiefs in the last two years and six of their last seven dating back to 2011, so maybe the oddsmakers are not so far off on this one after all. The total has only gone over 49.5 points in one of those seven match ups though.