NFL Picks: Steelers Popular Choice To Handle Patriots

It's Wednesday, which means NFL picks for Week 9 are being submitted around the country and world. Despite being on the road next Monday night, the Steelers are favored by nearly 90 percent of bettors over the Bengals.

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NFL Week 10 Super Bowl Odds

We're just a few hours from the start of Week 10 in the National Football League. All 32 teams have played eight games now that everybody has had their bye week. So, now seems like a good time to check in on some Super Bowl odds to see who's favored, and where there might be some good value.

After sinning their fifth in a row, the Giants have emerged as the favorite to come out of the NFC. In the AFC, Baltimore and Pittsburgh both are 7:1 to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Dallas. For those looking for huge long-shots, I'd say St. Louis (80:1) and Arizona (300:1) are intriguing. We've seen just how bad Seattle is on any given week, so I really don't expect them to win that division. Who knows, if either St. Louis or Arizona sneaks in and catches lighting in a bottle in a year where there don't seem to be any dominant NFC teams (I'm not sold on NYG just yet)....

More realistic options might be the Vikings (30:1), San Diego's (14:1) odds are only going to go down as they get back above .500 in the forthcoming weeks, Tennessee (16:1), and Philadelphia (20:1)

(Pre-Season Last Week This Week)

Indianapolis Colts...(17/2  8/1 11/1)

Dallas Cowboys.... (9/1  150/1  500/1)

New Orleans Saints..... (10/1  12/1  12/1)

New York Jets .....(10/1  8/1  8/1)

Green Bay Packers..... (11/1  9/1  8/1)

Minnesota Vikings...... (11/1  40/1  30/1)

Baltimore Ravens..... (11/1  8/1  7/1)

San Diego Chargers .....(11/1  22/1  14/1)

New England Patriots... (12/1  15/2  10/1)

Pittsburgh Steelers..... (22/1  15/2  7/1)

San Francisco 49ers.... (25/1  80/1  80/1)

New York Giants.... (25/1  8/1  7/1)

Atlanta Falcons.... .(25/1  10/1  10/1)

Cincinnati Bengals.... (25/1  250/1  400/1)

Houston Texans.... (28/1  40/1  65/1)

Philadelphia Eagles..... (28/1  25/1  20/1)

Miami Dolphins.... (30/1  50/1  80/1)

Chicago Bears.... (30/1  50/1  50/1)

Tennessee Titans.... (30/1  20/1  16/1)

Washington Redskins.... (30/1  65/1  100/1)

Carolina Panthers..... (55/1  1000/1  2000/1)

Arizona Cardinals.... (55/1  225/1  350/1)

Seattle Seahawks.... ( 60/1  55/1  125/1)

Denver Broncos... (65/1  300/1  500/1)

Oakland Raiders... (70/1  65/1  40/1)

Jacksonville Jaguars..... (80/1  200/1  250/1)

Kansas City Chiefs.... (90/1  25/1  40/1)

Cleveland Browns... (100/1  500/1  200/1)

Detroit Lions.... (100/1  200/1  300/1)

Buffalo Bills.... (150/1  2000/1  2000/1)

St. Louis Rams.... (150/1  80/1  80/1)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers.... (150/1  75/1  100/1)


Week 10 NFL Picks: Steelers Favorite To Beat Patriots

The Steelers take on the New England Patriots this week, and Pittsburgh looks like the favorite – it’s favored by 76 percent of users in Yahoo’s pick ‘em leagues. Sportsbooks, meanwhile, give the Steelers a five-point edge. It’s hard to argue with that – the Pats have a 6-2 record, but they’re coming off an embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns that resulted in Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis being named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. The Patriots’ offense and defense both looked out of sorts, and the Patriots also just lost kicker Stephen Gostkowski for the season.

The Steelers have had their share of injuries too, most recently tackle Max Starks. But their only loss since the return of Ben Roethlisberger has come against a tough Saints team in a very loud road environment. They also handily beat the Browns just a couple of weeks ago. This time they’ll be at home, facing a team coming off its worst game of the year. Clearly, it’s possible that the Patriots will rebound, but I would take the Steelers in this one.


Super Bowl Odds: NFL Week 9 Edition

I started tracking 2010 Super Bowl odds back when they first came out after last year's Super Bowl. I wanted to see how the odds trended after the 2010 NFL Draft, after mini-camps and training camps were conducted, and of course, throughout the season as the playoff picture started to gradually sort itself out.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were a great value-bet this summer when Ben Roethlisberger learned he would be suspended for the first four games of the season. After the season got underway however and the betting public was reminded that the Steelers are more than a one-trick pony and have a nasty defense that was historically good just two short seasons ago, their odds began to fall dramatically. Now, heading into Week 9, they're considered one of the favorites.

Here are the odds.

Team Odds (Feb.) Odds (post Draft) Odds (mid-June) Odds (mid-Sept) Odds (Week 9)
Arizona Cardinals 35/1 40/1 40/1 80/1 225/1
Atlanta Falcons 30/1 25/1 30/1 22/1 10/1
Baltimore Ravens 20/1 18/1 14/1 10/1 8/1
Buffalo Bills 100/1 100/1 100/1 400/1 2000/1
Carolina Panthers 40/1 30/1 35/1 150/1 1000/1
Chicago Bears 35/1 35/1 35/1 28/1 50/1
Cincinnati Bengals 30/1 30/1 30/1 25/1 250/1
Cleveland Browns 100/1 80/1 80/1 300/1 500/1
Dallas Cowboys 12/1 11/1 12/1 18/1 150/1
Denver Broncos 50/1 50/1 50/1 80/1 300/1
Detroit Lions 100/1 80/1 90/1 250/1 200/1
Green Bay Packers 12/1 14/1 14/1 13/2 9/1
Houston Texans 35/1 28/1 28/1 16/1 40/1
Indianapolis Colts 13/2 8/1 9/1 8/1 80/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 50/1 70/1 70/1 100/1 200/1
Kansas City Chiefs 100/1 100/1 90/1 50/1 25/1
Miami Dolphins 45/1 30/1 30/1 22/1 50/1
Minnesota Vikings 12/1 14/1 12/1 28/1 40/1
New England Patriots 10/1 9/1 12/1 14/1 15/2
New Orleans Saints 10/1 9/1 9/1 7/1 12/1
New York Giants 20/1 25/1 25/1 25/1 8/1
New York Jets 25/1 12/1 10/1 12/1 8/1
Oakland Raiders 100/1 80/1 80/1 125/1 65/1
Philadelphia Eagles 16/1 18/1 18/1 40/1 25/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 11/1 18/1 20/1 16/1 15/2
San Diego Chargers 8/1 10/1 11/1 12/1 22/1
San Francisco 49ers 45/1 30/1 30/1 40/1 80/1
Seattle Seahawks 45/1 40/1 40/1 85/1 55/1
St. Louis Rams 100/1 100/1 100/1 300/1 80/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 100/1 100/1 100/1 80/1 75/1
Tennessee Titans 25/1 28/1 28/1 35/1 18/1
Washington Redskins 50/1 28/1 25/1 40/1 65/1

NFL Week 9 Picks: Steelers Popular Choice To Handle Bengals

Despite the Pittsburgh Steelers' three-game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals in the standings through just eight games, I'm a bit surprised by the point spread for next Monday night's game between the two AFC north rivals. The Steelers are favored by -4.5, a fairly high number actually for a road game on Monday Night Football. Throw in the fact that the Bengals are desperate for a win, head coach Marvin Lewis is trying to save his job, and the fact that the Bengals beat the Steelers twice last year, and I'm not nearly as confident as most seem to be. I wouldn't at all be surprised to see lots of late money come in on the Bengals from the sharps in Vegas this weekend. By kickoff, no way that line is higher than 3.5, in my humble opinion.

For now though, the consensus is that the Bengals are reeling and that the Steelers should be able to get back in the win column in the third and final game of their three-week road trip away from Heinz Field. The consensus on the Yahoo Pick Em league is 88 percent in favor of the Steelers.

Stay tuned for more news, notes and opinions throughout the week concerning Week 9 picks - both for the Steelers and across the NFL.

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