As soon as the NFL schedule comes out every year, many experts, as well as fans, quickly jump on the chance at predicting the teams record for the upcoming season. We here at Behind The Steel Curtain were no different as several of our podcasters gave their predictions for the 2020 season. But choosing teams to win or lose a game is one thing, but the real lucrative ability of predicting games comes in choosing correctly against the spread.
Now that the NFL schedule has been released, the oddsmakers at BetOnline have released their team-by-team betting lines for the entire 2020 season. Although the lines based on opponents had already been published back in April, taking into account new players added in the NFL draft as well as the timing of when games are played can move lines slightly even this far removed from the upcoming season.
When it comes to the Steelers and their odds for the 2020 season, very little has changed since the release of the NFL schedule. In fact, only two games had a change in the line out of all 16. In both games, the only change came as 0.5 points in one direction or the other.
Originally, the Steelers were favored by 2.5 points against the New York Giants before the schedule was released. Opening the season on Monday Night Football in New York, the Steelers are now favored by 3 points.
The only other change came in the Steelers Week 2 match up against the Denver Broncos. Originally a 5.5-point favorite against Denver, the odds have dipped slightly as the Steelers are now 5-point favorites in their home opener.
It’s not uncommon for the only lines to move to occur in the first couple of games of the season. As the season progresses, the rest of the lines will go all over the place based on injuries and team performances on the field.
For reference sake, here is the Steelers current betting odds for all 16 of the regular-season games now that the schedule has been released. Just like the lines established earlier in April, the Steelers are favored in 10 games and underdogs in six. Favored in seven of their eight home games, the Steelers are favored in only three games on the road.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) @ New York Giants
Denver Broncos @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-5)
Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-5)
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2) @ Tennessee Titans
Philadelphia Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-1½)
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-3½)
Pittsburgh Steelers (+7) @ Baltimore Ravens
Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-9½)
Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers (+2½)
Washington Redskins @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-10)
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2½) @ Buffalo Bills
Pittsburgh Steelers (-4) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-2½)
Pittsburgh Steelers (+1) @ Cleveland Browns