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After Mason Rudolph named starter, Steelers drop to 10-point underdogs

With the Steelers expected to sit some of their starters, the Browns are heavily favored at home

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With Mike Tomlin announcing Mason Rudolph as the starter for the Steelers on Sunday, the betting odds have moved even more in favor of the Cleveland Browns. With such a large change, let’s take at look at the updated odds for the Steelers Week 17 game.

When it comes to the betting lines for Sunday’s game, the following information is the current consensus spread and over/under for the Steelers this week as reported by oddsshark.com.


Game Info: Week 17

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns

Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Betting line: +10

Over/under: 42.5

Last Regular Season Meeting: Steelers (W) 38-7 vs Browns

Win streak: 2 games PIT

Last 3 Meetings: PIT 2 - 1 CLE

Last 10 Meetings: PIT 8 - 1 - 1 CLE


The opening line on the game was at +1 when the schedule was released in May. This line moved more in the Browns favor once the Steelers wrapped up the AFC North even though the Browns lost to the New York Jets. Lines have been moving heavily away from teams who are expected to rest players in Week 17 as the Kansas City Chiefs are 3.5-point underdogs at home to the Los Angeles Chargers. So the line in the Steelers game moving from +7 to +10 is not completely surprising.

Being the underdog on Sunday, the Steelers have a current moneyline on sportsbettingdime.com of +385 to win the game straight up, which is the equivalent of 77/20 odds. So a $20 bet placed on the Steelers over the Browns would have a payout of $97 ($77 plus the original $20 bet). The Browns have a current moneyline of -475, or 4/19 odds. Therefore the same $20 bet placed on Cleveland to win straight up would have a payout of $24.21 ($4.21 plus the original $20 bet) .

According to Oddsshark.com, the Steelers are 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games and are 9-2 straight up in the last 11 games against AFC opponents. The Steelers also have gone UNDER in 4 of their last 6 games and have gone UNDER in 6 of their last 7 games playing in Cleveland.

If looking at the futures bets, the Steelers odds to win the Super Bowl vary from 11/2 to 20/1. The Steelers odds to win the AFC Championship are 13/5 odds with the Kansas City Chiefs having the best odds. As for winning the AFC North, the Steelers have locked up the division and eliminated the Browns, Ravens, and Bengals.

SportsBettingDime.com has the odds at https://www.sportsbettingdime.com/nfl/odds/