The Pittsburgh Steelers went into the 2017 season with the second best odds to win the Super Bowl, behind the New England Patriots. However, they were unable to advance to the Super Bowl after getting eliminated by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Despite the disappointing end to their season, the Steelers odds to win Super Bowl next season is still very high. Before the 2018 NFL Draft, the Steelers had the third best odds to win the Super Bowl, and after the draft, they fell into fourth place behind the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.
The Patriots have the best odds because they still have Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Rob Gronkowski returning next season, and they have played in three of the last four Super Bowls.
The Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champions and have the core of their championship team returning, so having the second best odds makes sense.
The Vikings had one of the best defenses in the league last year and also have a lot of talent on offense. With newly acquired quarterback Kirk Cousins under center, they might be the most complete team in the league next season.
The Steelers still have some work to do on defense, especially when it comes to defending against the run. They tried addressing some of their defensive e issues through the draft and free agency. They used their first round pick to select Terrell Edmunds, who was one of the best safeties in the draft. They also drafted Alabama defensive tackle Joshua Frazier to help bolster their defensive line.
In free agency, the Steelers added linebacker Jon Bostic to fill in for injured Pro Bowler Ryan Shazier, who suffered a serious spinal injury last season.
With teams starting their OTAs, the Steelers will likely still make a few moves to improve their defense before the season starts.
Offensively, Pittsburgh will once again be one of the best teams in the league thanks to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger putting an end to retirement rumors and c omitting to the team for a few more years.
Roethlisberger will have a lot of help with players like Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Leveon Bell in the lineup.
Bell, whom the team used the franchise tag on for the second consecutive year, is unhappy that he didn’t get a long-term deal, and will likely not report to the team until the start of the season.
Last year, Bell refused to participate in OTAs and training camp because of his contract situation, and didn’t get himself in football shape until the fourth week.
This season, teammates like Brown are hoping he will show up for training camp so they are all on the same page when the season starts, but it is difficult to see Bell changing his mind.
Also, if the Steelers can’t come to a long-term deal with Bell, this will likely be his final year in a Steelers uniform, which means Pittsburgh’s window to win the Super Bowl will likely close after this season, which makes this a big year for the franchise with the most Super Bowl wins in the league.
Super Bowl Odds to Win
New England Patriots +400
Philadelphia Eagles +750
Green Bay Packers +750
Pittsburgh Steelers +800
Los Angeles Rams +900
Odds by MyBookie
Steelers are now favorites to win Super Bowl this year with odds at 9-2 according to Las Vegas sportsbook.— The Steel Crew (@TheSteelCrew) October 3, 2017
The Eagles had 50/1 odds to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season. Nobody saw it coming fym 😂😂 https://t.co/loWJU2h1sf— 360°FantasyFootball (@360FFB) May 29, 2018