NFL betting on the Steelers was not profitable in the first half of last season as they beat the NFL odds just 4 out of their first 10 games before pulling it all together. The Steelers reign as defending NFL betting champions and popularity as a “national” team will likely keep the NFL odds expensive for their games.
That is offset, however, by the fact that the Steelers should get a more consistent performance this NFL betting season from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben had an admittedly poor first half of the season last year before finishing strong and having a solid NFL betting performance in the playoffs.
He finished the 2008 NFL betting season with 59.9% of his passes completed for 3301 yards and a poor 17/15 touchdown/interception ratio. Roethlisberger had just an 80.1 quarterback rating which was the second worst of his 5 year NFL betting career as Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback.
Hines Ward was again Roethlisberger’s favorite target as he caught 81 passes for 1043 yards and 7 touchdowns with a 12.9 yards per catch average. What set Pittsburgh apart as a champion was the top ranked defensive unit.
The Steelers finished the 2008 NFL betting season ranked number one for total yards and number one for points allowed. James Farrior and James Harrison both had over 100 tackles last year and Troy Polamalu led the team with 7 interceptions. Farrior and LaMarr Woodley had 5 tackles for losses last NFL betting season.
Mike Tomlin has done an outstanding job as coach of the Steelers and his expertise for defense has had a significant impact on the team. Tomlin rallied a struggling team down the stretch as Pittsburgh won 6 of their final 7 games straight up after starting out 6-3.
If Roethlisberger can play the entire season as well as he played at the end of last year Pittsburgh may actually be a better team and value in 2009 than in 2008.
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