It’s time for another special edition of the Monday football doubleheader. The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Washington Football team on Monday, with kickoff scheduled for 5 p.m. ET. The game got bumped from Sunday due to the Steelers-Ravens Week 12 game getting delayed due to Covid-19.
The Steelers can clinch a playoff berth and move to the precipice of a division title with a win, while continuing their push for an undefeated record. Washington is out of the playoff hunt, but will look to continue building on some positives. The pass rush is much improved and rookie Antonio Gibson is emerging as a serious presence.
With all that being said, where are the bettors placing their money as we get closer to game time? Let’s check it out below! All the odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Steelers are favored and have swung around the 6- or 6.5-point mark throughout the week. The line didn’t open at DraftKings until Wednesday evening given the delay in Steelers-Ravens, but since then 83 percent of handle and 78 percent of bets are on the Steelers to cover.
Is the public right? QB Ben Roethlisberger is questionable with a knee injury but is expected to play, while RB James Conner is not expected to play after spending the past week and a half on the Covid-19 injured reserve list. Washington is a fiesty bunch, but this could get ugly if Roethlisberger isn’t limited by his knee injury. It makes sense the public is backing Pittsburgh.
The point total got to as high as 44, but sits at 43.5 on game day. 65 percent of the handle and 68 percent of the bets are on the over.
Is the public right? I’d lean under in this one. The Steelers defense is No. 1 in the league and Washington ranks No. 5. Pittsburgh’s defense ranks 10th in adjusted line yards and 3rd in adjusted sack rate. Washington’s defense ranks 7th and 3rd in those two categories. This could turn into a grinder of a game.
The Steelers currently sit at -278 on the moneyline while Washington is +240. 89 percent of handle and bets are on Pittsburgh winning this game.
Is the public right? If the Washington offense can avoid turnovers, the Football Team has a chance to spring an upset. That being said, it’s not a great chance. It makes sense bettors are backing the black and gold.
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