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Pittsburgh Steelers 2009 NFL Football Future Lines

Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Odds – NFL Football Future Lines

Let’s take a look at the numbers:

betED NFL Football Betting Odds – Pittsburgh Steelers Odds To Win AFC North -250

Season Over/Under Win Total Betting Odds From beted.com – 9

First, first, first.

The Steelers defense was first in just every offensive category last season, the most important of which was points allowed (13.9). Most of the same cast of characters returns this season, and that should be enough to cover the 10.5 offered by beted.com, even if the offense doesn’t come out of the gate strong.

Pittsburgh’s front seven is unequaled. Defensive player of the year James Harrison sucked a lot of the oxygen out of the air, but you could actually put the whole linebacking group (Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior and Lawrence Timmons) in the Pro Bowl and no one would bitch too much.Pittsburgh Steelers 2009 NFL Football Future Lines

NT Casey Hampton and DEs Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel occupy offensive lines enough to let the LBs make play after play.

Until the Steelers can find another quarterback who can throw for 3,154 yards and 32 TDs, as Ben Roethlisberger did in 2007, or lead them to the Super Bowl despite a bum shoulder, as he did last season, everyone in Western Pennsylvania will give the big guy a pass for whatever happened in that Lake Tahoe hotel room.

Addressing an underachieving running game will be a top priority in training camp. Willie Parker fell to 3.8 yards a carry last season, but the burden should be eased by the return of Rashard Mendenhall, who was hurt just about all of last season.

Surprising stat: Pittsburgh’s offensive playoff production was a touchdown better in three playoff games than it was during the regular season.

Team strengths: The Steelers have one of the league’s all-time great defenses and play in a division with three teams (Baltimore, Cincinnati and Cleveland) which struggle moving the ball.

Team Weakness: Perhaps due to Roethisberger’s aching shoulder, the wide receivers didn’t do much damage last season. Santonio Holmes’s numbers were down significantly, but that might be the result of him returning punts after not doing so in 2007.

Steelers 2009 Season Win Total Prediction – 13

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Lawrence Paul is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog, and is a free-lance gambling and travel writer from Massachusetts.


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