2018 record: 9-6-1
Key Offseason Additions: WR Donte Moncrief (free agency), LB Mark Barron (free agency), CB Steven Nelson (free agency), Diontae Johnson (draft), Devin Bush (draft), Benny Snell, Jr. (draft)
Key Offseason Departures: WR Antonio Brown (trade), RB Le’Veon Bell (free agency), OL Marcus Gilbert (trade)
Where to bet on the Steelers this season
All regulated Pennsylvania sportsbooks will offer a wide variety of bets on the Steelers this coming NFL season. That includes DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook, and BetRivers Sportsbook.
What bets can you place on the Steelers?
Regulated Pennsylvania sportsbooks are offering a comprehensive array of wagers on the Steelers this coming season. These include a full selection of bets on each of the Steelers’ regular-season games based on both end-of-game results and in-game scenarios. Additionally, there are already a number of team- and player-based futures available.
Below are some of the bet types available to Pennsylvania customers involving the Steelers during the 2019 season. For a comprehensive list, please visit PlaySugarHouse‘s Pennsylvania online platform:
- Point spread
- Over/under point totals
- Steelers Super Bowl winner futures
- Steelers AFC Conference Champions futures
- Steelers AFC North division champions futures
- Steelers number of regular-season wins futures
- Steelers to make the playoffs futures
- Steelers division finishing position futures
- Most passing yards futures (Ben Roethlisberger +1000 at SugarHouse)
- Most rushing yards futures (James Conner +2500 at SugarHouse)
- Most receptions futures (JuJu Smith-Schuster +1200 at SugarHouse)
- Most kicking points futures (Chris Boswell +3300 at SugarHouse)
- Most sacks futures (TJ Watt +5000/ Cameron Heyward +8000 at SugarHouse)
- Most interceptions futures (Joe Haden +5000 at SugarHouse)
- Ben Roethlisberger Total Passing Yards futures (Over 4300.5/ Under 4300.5 at SugarHouse)
- Ben Roethlisberger Total Passing Touchdowns futures (Over 27.5/Under 27.5 at SugarHouse)
- JuJu Smith-SchusterTotal Receiving Yards futures (Over 1350.5/Under 1350.5 at SugarHouse)
- JuJu Smith-Schuster Total Receiving Touchdowns futures (Over 9.5/Under 9.5 at SugarHouse)
Pittsburgh Steelers season preview
An NFL franchise is usually considered in excellent shape if both the head coach and quarterback have proven track records. The 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers, though, might be an exception. That’s due to a major drain on their star power over the last two seasons. Gone are Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Additionally, star linebacker Ryan Shazier has been out since December 2017 with a spine injury and will miss at least one more season before a potential return in 2020.
However, that’s not to imply the cupboard is bare in Pittsburgh. JuJu Smith-Schuster shapes up as a viable No. 1 wideout that significantly cushions the loss of Brown. This past April’s top pick, Devin Bush, looks like the second coming of Shazier if OTAs, training camp and the opening preseason game are any indication. And James Conner acquitted himself sensationally while replacing Bell last season. He compiled 1,470 total yards from scrimmage (973 rushing, 497 receiving) while posting 13 total touchdowns.
Then, last season’s second-round pick, James Washington, still has plenty to prove after collecting only 16 receptions on 38 targets in his rookie campaign. However, Brown’s departure naturally opens up substantial opportunity. The same applies for tight end Vance McDonald. He raised expectations with a career-best 50-610-4 line last season over 15 games. McDonald also has the talent and athleticism to serve as an effective down-the-seam threat and help cushion the loss of Brown in the passing game.
Finally, the additions of Mark Barron and Steven Nelson to the defense give coordinator Keith Butler a pair of solid under-30 veterans that should help the unit remain one of the team’s best assets. Pittsburgh notably ranked sixth in the NFL last season in total yards allowed per game (327.2), including sixth in rushing yards allowed per game (96.1).
The Steelers seemingly have a tough road in 2019. To begin with, division mates Baltimore and Cleveland look particularly formidable. Then, the rest of Pittsburgh’s schedule is littered with potential landmines. The two games against the Bengals might be the Steelers’ most winnable divisional matchups. The rest of their AFC schedule includes a season-opening primetime showdown against the Patriots, another in mid-October out west against the Chargers, home dates against the Colts and a supposedly improved Bills squad, and a late-December road matchup versus the Jets.
The interconference schedule offers little solace. There are trips to San Francisco and Arizona. Both teams could be appreciably better in 2019 with stability at the quarterback position. Their NFC West tour also includes a matchup versus the conference-champion Rams. That will come at Heinz Field. But it should be a major challenge nonetheless. And even a Week 2 home date against the Seahawks is no cakewalk. That’s especially true considering Pittsburgh will be coming off the aforementioned Week 1 Sunday night road battle against New England.
Below is a look at the Steelers’ full schedule along with opening spreads courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
|Sun, Sep 8||at New England||PIT +6|
|Sun, Sep 15||vs Seattle||PIT -3.5|
|Sun, Sep 22||at San Francisco||PIT +1|
|Mon, Sep 30||vs Cincinnati||PIT -8.5|
|Sun, Oct 6||vs Baltimore||PIT -4|
|Sun, Oct 13||at LA Chargers||PIT +4.5|
|Mon, Oct 28||vs Miami||PIT -10.5|
|Sun, Nov 3||vs Indianapolis||PIT -2.5|
|Sun, Nov 10||vs LA Rams||PIT -1|
|Thu, Nov 14||at Cleveland||PIT +3|
|Sun, Nov 24||at Cincinnati||PIT -3.5|
|Sun, Dec 1||vs Cleveland||PIT -2.5|
|Sun, Dec 8||at Arizona||PIT -5.5|
|Sun, Dec 15||vs Buffalo||PIT -7.5|
|Sun, Dec 22||at NY Jets||PIT -2|
|Sun, Dec 29||at Baltimore||TBD|
Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 Best Futures Bet
JuJu Smith-Schuster Over 1350.5 receiving yards: -110 at Play SugarHouse
Another intriguing futures wager is the +290 odds on Pittsburgh finishing third in the AFC North. However, I see Smith-Schuster’s receiving yardage prop as even stronger despite the less appealing price. A total of 168 targets—an average of 11.2 per game over 15 contests—left town when Brown headed west to the Raiders. Smith-Schuster already logged 166 himself over 16 games last season while playing alongside Brown. The sky is seemingly the limit for him this season. That’s particularly true considering with whom he’ll be competing for Roethlisberger’s attention.
Moncrief has never seen more than 105 targets in a season and has proven a bit injury-prone in the past. That said, he did play in all 16 games last season for the first time since 2015. Washington could certainly take a big step forward this season as the projected third receiver. However, he figures to be nowhere near Smith-Schuster in the passing-game hierarchy. Then, McDonald should certainly garner his fair share of looks if he can stay healthy. Yet he’s never played a full season and has suited up for 11 or fewer games in four of his six pro campaigns.
Smith-Schuster racked up 1,426 receiving yards last year in just his second season. The Steelers also ranked second in the NFL in 2018 by passing on 67.4 percent of plays. With everything set up perfectly for a prolific year, Smith-Schuster seems like a shoo-in to exceed 1,350 receiving yards if he remains reasonably healthy.