Posted Tue Jan 3rd by Monty
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.