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Published on 01/03/2012 at Tue Jan 03 16:20.
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Defenders Troy Polamalu #43, William Gay #22 and Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers break up a pass to wide receiver Greg Little #15 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Defenders Troy Polamalu #43, William Gay #22 and Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Linesmakers aren’t impressed with the Denver Broncos, or how they made it into the playoffs. The traveling Pittsburgh Steelers are nine-point favorites for this weekend’s playoff matchup against the home team, according to Bovada (formerly Bodog).

With the implicit three-point nudge for the home team, that means the Steelers would be 15-point favorites if they were at home. Wowza.

I can understand the logic: the Steelers are a far better team on paper, and they have plenty of experience winning on the road and in the playoffs to sway the lines. But still, a nine-point spread feels a little steep with the Broncos at home. Have we completely forgotten about Tebow Time? Or that the Broncos, under Tebow, have thrived in the underdog role?

The odds may be long, but remember that the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks were 10.5-point underdogs against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints last season. They won.

The Broncos are in the tournament. Anything is possible.

More odds: Bovada puts the Broncos at 50/1 odds to win the Super Bowl, second lowest among playoff contenders, only above the Cincinnati Bengals.  They have the NFC at 4-1/2 point favorites to win the big game.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see us having any chance in the world to win this game. I know anything is possible, but if I had to bet my life on one team to win this weekend, I would bet on the Steelers. While this ride with Tebow has been exciting, looking back on it now, it was a fluke. 

    Let’s start with the Dolphins game, we had to get an onside kick back and then the Fins called the wrong the defense on the two point conversion. Then we get murdered by the Lions, showed our true colors. Then we ran all over a Raiders team the was starting Carson Palmer, who isn’t that good anyways, for only the second time. We beat a bad KC team that hated their coach by running the ball 387 times and only throwing twice. The Jets win was decent but they’re a pretty crappy team too. The win in SD was solid, can’t argue with that too much but my belief is that something isn’t right with Rivers cause as much as I hate to say it, he is a stud QB but was awful this year. Then we barely beat an awful Vikings team who didn’t have AD. Chicago, nothing to be said, that was just lucky. Then the last three games we played like who we are.

    I know what everyone is going to say, who cares how we did it, we got in and should be happy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we’re in, but this is a bad team, might be the worst team ever to make the playoffs that I can remember. I know Seattle made it in at 7-9 but at least they had a QB.

    Tebow sucks, he really does. He’s exciting to watch, but is just an awful QB. True, he doesn’t get much help from his WRs, but he doesn’t help them much either. Good QBs make average WRs look good. Tebow makes average WRs look bad. Everyone complains about the play calling but they can’t call short passes cause he is so inaccurate that he would be intercepted eight times a game throwing across the middle. He makes our OLine look bad by always rolling out of the pocket and running around like a nine year old playing Madden.

    I’ll be rooting for the Broncos and Tebow Sunday and will be as happy as the next guy if we win but I honesty cannot see a scenario where we win. 

    My off-season wish is that Luck pulls and Elway, refuses to play for the Colts, Indy this time instead of Baltimore, and forces a draft day trade to us.


  • johnny

    I’m off to vegas with 10k and taking the steelers, gotta take the cash when it’s just hanging out to be taken… 

  • Anonymous

    Put down $250 on this teaser for me:

    CIN +9, NYG +3, DET +17, PIT -3, DET-NO Over 53, CIN-HOU Over 32, ATL-NYG Over 41, PIT-DEN Under 40.5+1500 Odds!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Put down $250 on this teaser for me:

    CIN +9, NYG +3, DET +17, PIT -3, DET-NO Over 53, CIN-HOU Over 32, ATL-NYG Over 41, PIT-DEN Under 40.5+1500 Odds!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    All I can say is “On any given Sunday”  Anything can happen and usually does..don’t count the Broncos out until the end of the 4th Quarter…..

  • areferee

    Stay with me here…

    Following that same logic, does this mean that Obama will be the favorite in 2012 if the election is held in Nairobi?

  • LOOKN4H20

    Let’s not forget this team had the second pick last year, and a new coach and system with out the benefit of a normal offseason. Also we started 1-4 and started a young unproven work in progress QB. And now we win the division and have a home game to boot this year could have been far worse. To say it was just plain luck we won those games is just unfair, they still have to make the plays when it counts.

  • crazykid

    no, only in Kenya

  • Mike Birtwistle

    I think +9 to the Steelers is a fair assessment.  If I was a betting man, I’d take the Steelers to beat that spread by a large way.

    But I am happy our Broncos are there and can’t wait to see the game, win, lose or draw.

    Any given Sunday….

  • virginiabronco

    Broncos 16 – Steelers 13

  • Anonymous

    sheesh…look at a globe.

  • Isaacchavarria17

    I dont know but hopefully Broncos Draft Kellen Moore in the draft.. seem that alot of people are going to be passing him up

  • Bryan

    I’d take him in the 7th round

  • Charles Hubbard

    Tim Tebow will be blessed by ending his endorsement of the company named after the pagan goddess NIKE. The God who gifted Tim with his skills is not happy with that… the pagan goddess NIKE began with Satan… God is opposed to Tim’s support of the company honoring the name of that goddess. God has sent me to share this.

  • Isaacchavarria17

    i take him alot sooner he is going to be a steal for any team. He is a smart very accurate passer people dont give him enough credit, because of his size and his arm streght.. he reminds me a lot of brees when he got drafted by the chargers but and upgraded version. i think he is ready to start now unlike brees with chargers.

  • Yeahright


  • Anonymous

    You are a complete idiot! Do you actually think that any one wants to see the crap that spews out of your key board? LMAO

  • Anonymous

    I see we are back on this Kellen Moore crap… He will NOT play as a starter in the NFL. Learn, like it and know it! He is nothing like Brees AT ALL… This guy has Ty Detmer written all over him!

  • Anonymous

    You know I was thinking last night (yep, made it through it unscaved)… The last time the Broncos went to the Superbowl after a Packers Superbowl win was via a wild card game and beat the same Packers. Soooo it is possible that these Broncos could face those Packers in the Superbowl and defeat them.

    Yes I know totally different teams and a bunch of wishful thinking there as well but thought it was a fun fact…

  • Isaacchavarria17

    Doom92 U clearly havent seen kellen moore play but youll see once combine starts and his stocks goes up more teams will be looking for him.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen him play plenty and  you are dreaming. Ty Detmer all the way. Remember, Ty was a stud in collage also!!!

  • Isaacchavarria17

    Doom92 did u see the game against nevada last year he threw the ball for 50 something yards on money to Young to set them up for game winning fiel goal that was missed by kicker..there are other games besides that one were i seen him throw 40 plus yards with out even trying. And an accurate QB is better then strong arm QB any day. just look a jamarcus Russel. biggest bust ever had strong arm but didnt help him none because he could put ball were it needed to be. Not only is moore accurate but he is smart with the ball.