Sports gambling expectations were “Super” for the Steelers after their online sports gambling championship season of 2008 and they started off 6-2 this year. Just when it looked like another sports gambling Super Bowl run was in store for Pittsburgh the wheels came off as they lost four consecutive online sports gambling matchups.
What was even more alarming, however, was that Pittsburgh lost to two of the worst sports betting commodities on the board during that span with shockers against Kansas City and Oakland. The Steelers were 10.5-point sports gambling favorites at Kansas City and were upset 24-27 in overtime for one of the biggest upsets of the season.
Even more stunning, however, was their December 6 home loss to the Oakland Raiders 24-27 in which they were 14.5-point home chalks. Overall Pittsburgh had a sports gambling record of 4-8 against the spread. The Steel Curtain defense was one of the main sports gambling culprits in the slump.
The Steelers secondary was particularly worrisome as it ranked 17th in pass defense. Pittsburgh allowed 20 or more points in their last three sports gambling losses in their four game losing streak which is completely against the norm.
There was also the sports gambling controversy of their loss at Baltimore when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not play due to injury and was called out publicly by receiver Hines Ward. All of this has caused Pittsburgh to become a sports gambling commodity that went from Super to potentially without a playoff berth.
The Steelers have entered the status of being on the outside looking in and having to win while needing help from other teams as well. Super Bowl teams often face the problem of being the most important matchup on the other team’s schedule while also facing the prospect of a letdown and becoming over-confident.
Pittsburgh has not been sharp this year and head coach Mike Tomlin may be sitting in a hot seat very soon.