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Steelers open as 2.5-point favorites over Buccaneers in Week 3

Despite two impressive victories to begin the year, the Buccaneers still find themselves as underdogs at home on Monday night in Week 3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

After two disappointing performances to start the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers might be receiving their fair share of criticism from the fans and the media, but it would appear they haven’t lost the faith of the bookmakers quite yet. Set to face one of the league’s seven remaining undefeated teams in Week 3, the Steelers still find themselves favorites for their away date with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - for now.

A seemingly generous opening line of 2.5 points has generally disappeared as of Tuesday morning, with most online providers offering a range of spreads from -1 to -2 points at the time of this writing. Given the Steelers' inability to stop anyone from scoring lately, it should come as no surprise to learn that an initial totals position of 49.5 points has already seen enough action to move the line to 53.5 points too.

An early moneyline offering of -167 to +130 has been replaced by a consensus price of -125 to +105, with most sportsbooks and anyone looking to back Pittsburgh in Week 3 advised to wait a few days to see how much further the lines drift before placing any wagers.

Those interested in more long-term bets will find the Steelers available at 16/1 for Super Bowl glory in 2018, a far cry from the 8/1 being offered before the year began.

Anyone looking to cash in on the drama surrounding the team might be interested in a prop bet based on Antonio Brown’s future with the team following his ill-advised outburst on social media on Monday.

Pittsburgh has only lost twice to the Buccaneers in team history dating back to 1976, and currently holds an 8-2 record against them. The last time the two teams met in 2014, Tampa Bay won 27-24.