The countdown to the Steelers 2021 training camp is now more accurately described in days rather than weeks or months. On the cusp of the 2021 season, it is also the ramp-up period for NFL odds in sports betting, specifically in season long categories, before everything gets kicked off in Week 1 in September.
Taking a look at some of the Pittsburgh Steelers odds over the next few days, we’ll start with odds to become the NFL passing leader in 2021 and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
As most people realize, NFL odds are an ever changing entity. Teams could have great odds to win a game only to have those odds change as kickoff approaches. Sometimes there are major issues which lead to changes and sometimes it is merely just an adjustment based on where bets are being placed. In fact, the odds for Roethlisberger leading the NFL in passing yards have changed slightly at some outlets in just the last few days.
According to SportsBetting.ag, Ben Roethlisberger is currently at 22/1 odds to lead the NFL in passing yards this season. Roethlisberger is tied for the 11th spot with Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.
Only a few days ago, both Roethlisberger and Wilson were 20/1 odds and tied for the 10th spot with Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals. At that time, Kirk Cousins was it 18/1 odds before he fell to 22/1. The big mover to create these shuffling of numbers was Jameis Winston of the New Orleans Saints from 33/1 odds to 12/1 odds.
The quarterback with the best odds of winning the passing title for 2021 is Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at 6/1. Coming in a close second as he returns after his gruesome injury from 2020 is Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott at 8/1. Next on the list is Buffalo Bills quarterback and Steelers Week 1 opponent Josh Allen at 9/1 followed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady at 10/1 coming off their Super Bowl victory.
Looking around the AFC North, Roethlisberger was tied for the top odds with Joe Burrow before lines were adjusted recently. Therefore Joe Burrow has the best odds to lead the NFL in passing from the AFC North at 20/1 with Roethlisberger close behind a 22/1. Both the Browns’ Baker Mayfield and Ravens’ Lamar Jackson come in at 25/1 odds to lead the NFL in passing yards.
When looking at quarterbacks the Steelers will face in 2021, 10 of them fall in the top half of the NFL with 25/1 odds or better. The only four teams with projected starting quarterbacks the Steelers will face this season with lower odds are Detroit’s Jared Goff and Tennessee‘s Ryan Tannehill at 33/1, Denver’s Drew lock at 50/1, and Chicago with either Andy Dalton at 66/1 or Justin Fields at 100/1.
Of course, these are just betting odds for how many passing yards a player would get. If a team is truly dominating a game and has a highly efficient run game, racking up passing yards is not a priority. But when looking towards the 2021 regular season, it is interesting to see both were the Steelers stack up around their division and the league, as well as checking out how quarterbacks the Steelers will face are projected to perform in 2021.