NFL 2020 Pittsburgh became the 17th team since 1970 to start 10-0
Lthe Steelers they continue the best start in franchise history. After win 27-3 at Jacksonville, An expected result but a complex situation in which they had suffered in the past as in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, they become the seventeenth since the union of the NFL and the AFL to start a season with a 10-0 record.
Pittsburgh had never started a season better than 7-0 (1978, they lost 24-17 to the Oilers in week 8) and the future is beginning to be seen from the corner of our eye because there is a Possibility of the Steelers going undefeated.
They still have four games against teams that are fighting for the Playoffs (in Buffalo, vs Indianapolis, in Cleveland, vs Baltimore), but there are options that they are favorites in the rest of the games.
Prior to their win against the Jaguars, FanDuel had the odds that Pittsburgh would finish 16-0 at +800, with -1500 to that at some point they lose, but if we consider the advanced betting lines, the options are greater.
Sharp Football Analysis, In his previous book for the season, he published the forward betting lines for each of the year’s games and, of the remaining six games, the Steelers were projected to be favorites in four; one of those who don’t, next Thursday Against the Ravens, it has changed and now the Steelers are favorites by 3.5 points. There is the other, in Buffalo in week 14, in which they could not be, although for this exercise we are going to change it to Pittsburgh being the favorite by a field goal, while the line against Cincinnati was 4 points, but the Joe Burrow injury changes everything and possibly is double digit line.
- vs Baltimore: PITT -3.5, -200 a ganar
- vs Washington: -9.5, -505
- at Buffalo: -3, -162 * (was BUF -2.5 before the season)
- en Cincinnati -10, -613*
- vs Indianapolis: -3, -162
- and Cleveland: -7, -346 *
This gives us +605 combined options to go undefeated.
Pittsburgh, the only undefeated, It is neither considered the best team in the league nor the team with the most options to be champion.
Prior to week 10, the metric Football Outsiders’ DVOA had Pittsburgh not only outside # 1, but as # 3. New Orleans is seen as the best team, followed by Tampa Bay.
The Steelers don’t even have the best defense. They are second, behind Tampa Bay, while their offense is rated No. 16 and their special teams are ranked No. 8.
As for odds to win the Super Bowl, Pittsburgh is seen as the second top seed at +550, behind Kansas City, which is at +300. The power of Mahomes.
After the Patriots finished 16-0 (and 18-1) in 2007, two teams have been close to the regular season undefeated, both 14-0: Carolina in 2015 and the Colts in 2009. The Panthers lost in Atlanta, while what Indianapolis, already with the hometown secured, players rested against Jets and Bills and lost both games, a luxury that the 2020 Steelers cannot afford because of the new Playoffs format … and because Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are hot on their heels.
Kansas City rallied in the closing minutes to win 35-31 at Las Vegas, avenging their only loss of 2020. They are one game behind the Steelers and assuming Pittsburgh loses a game, say at Buffalo, KC could steal # 1 and the only bye in this first 7-team-per-conference postseason, as would have the same mark (15-1), the same mark in the conference (11-1), going to the third tiebreaker criterion, mark in common duels with a minimum of four teams. This year, the Chiefs and Steelers play the Ravens, Broncos, Bills and Texans.