NFL Playoff Odds: Steelers Seek Redemption Against Jaguars
Pittsburgh Steelers (-350) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (+275)
The Pittsburgh Steelers proved all season long, they are one force to be reckoned with offensively. Ben Roethlisberger leads the AFC North champion Steelers into Sunday’s critical match as -350 favorites. Pittsburgh only suffered three losses in 2017, one of them coming at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars — a 30-9 defeat early on in the regular season. Jacksonville will bring its highly regarded defense into Pittsburgh with high hopes of advancing to the AFC Championship. The Jags are intriguing +275 underdogs on the road.
Let’s dive into some of the top odds and betting lines for this contest between the Steelers and Jaguars. Odds are courtesy of Bovada.lv.
The Steelers, who head into Sunday’s contest as the 7½-point favorites, may boast an overall record of 13-3, but the Super Bowl contenders have been dreadful against the spread this season. Pittsburgh finished with a below-averaged 7-9 record ATS, while the Jags were 9-8 ATS on the year. The Steelers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games and the club is 5-12 ATS it its last 17 games when playing Jacksonville. Jacksonville has been strong ATS when playing Pittsburgh, going 12-5 in its last 17 games against their conference rivals. While Pittsburgh may win the game, don’t expect them to cover the 7½ against a very talented Jacksonville defense.
If you’re looking to bet on the total points, oddsmakers have set the bad high with a projected total of 41. Five of the last 10 meetings between the Steelers and Jags have gone OVER the projected betting line, but it’s important to note the last three have been UNDER outcomes. Sunday’s playoff battle between the Steeler and Jags will come in very cold temperatures, with the forecast expected to be 15 F by kickoff time. This may prevent both offenses to convert on plays throughout the game and resulting in a low-scoring affair. Take the UNDER on Sunday.
Margin of Victory
Speaking of playing in cold conditions, Roethlisberger is 5-0 straight up in the last five games when playing in sub-freezing weather. There’s no doubt the Steelers’ quarterback has more experience playing in this weather than Jags pivot Blake Bortles. When planning out your Margin of Victory wager, take into consideration the weather conditions. Take the Steelers by a margin of 1 to 7 points, which is paying out at +300. The same wager but with Jacksonville winning pays +500.
Game Prop — Team to Score First in the Game
Which team will score first in the AFC Divisional Playoff between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars? Bovada has the Steelers as the logical -165 favorites, but don’t count out the Jaguars, whose offense ranked sixth overall with an average of 375.9 net yards per game. The Jags can drive the ball and the Steelers defense will have to be prepared for it.
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