Steelers 2014 Win Total Opens At 8.5

The Las Vegas Hilton sports book released their 2014 NFL season win totals Sunday afternoon and the Pittsburgh Steelers opened at 8.5.

Last year, the Steelers opened at 9 and their 8-8 record of course meant that an under bet won.

I’d hate to even think about what it would mean if the Steelers were to finish under 8.5 in 2014. Three straight seasons with only eight or less wins would most definitely result in a few jobs being lost.

The odds makers of course have the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos both at the top with 11 wins as their mark.

So what do you think as we sit here in May? Are you taking the over or the under with the Steelers? Also, what other totals strike your fancy?


  • Zach

    I see us going anywhere between 8 and 10 wins, depending on the outcome of close games (Baltimore, Bengals, Colts). So I wouldn’t bet my money in Vegas this time!

  • Big White

    It’s a 10 win season in my eyes. Our schedule doesn’t scare me out of the water at all, and I see the Bengals taking a nosedive within the division. Baltimore unfortunately will win the division at 11-5.

  • Paddy

    I think the betting line is right on, but that’s betting not football. One would assume that they would have less injuries on the off line and that should improve their offense. So I would bet above 8.5. It’s a long season and they can’t start 0-4

  • Steelers12328882

    We’re probably in a similar situation as we were during the ’98-’00 seasons. I don’t think an 8-8/9-7 season is highly unlikely, and I’d say that’s probably right along the line of where we stand.

  • RW

    Over, given the schedule.

  • srdan

    I understand the 8.5. But giving the ravens the same and bungles higher I have an issue with. I guess I should put my money where my mouth is!

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  • John C

    I take the OVER (be it only 9 or 10) given the urgency of this team to improve over the last two years and also our schedule. I think having all but one game in our time zone and that one being the Titans will benefit us a lot.

  • Rod Hedrick

    I think we are a 10 and 6 team, but could go to 8 and 8 or 12 and 4 depending on how the ball bounces.

  • PA2AK

    Glad I don’t bet…even more so that I don’t bet on the Steelers. I’d put a lot on the over

  • dennisdoubleday

    If you mean coaching or FO jobs lost because of another non-playoff season, I don’t see it. The jobs that were going to be lost have already been lost. They had 3 non-playoff seasons in a row under Cowher and the Steelers kept the faith.

  • westcoasteeler

    If we, say, split our division games, we don’t lose more than 3 more games with our roster intact. 10-6

  • cencalsteeler

    Print it up and tape it on the locker room door.

  • cp72

    10-6…Maybe one playoff win. We are a year away with guys like Heyward, Allen, DeCastro, Bell, Beachum, Thomas, Wheaton, and Jones being ready to be the new foundation of the team.

  • Hopper

    Jets over 7.0 is a gimme.

  • All fairly meaningless right now, but I’d take the over for the Steelers. I’d actually put it at 9.0 or 9.5, which would make the decision harder as I think the Steelers are basically a 9.5-win team this year.

    But then I’m also tempted to take the over on the Bengals and Ravens. Something has to give. Maybe the Browns are an under.

    Over picks as I scan over the list:

    — Over on the Bills. (I think they’re on the upswing and could win 7 or 8.)
    — Under on the Titans. (Not much there to like, even with a new/familiar coach.)
    — Over on the Texans. (Surely they can break even, even with a questionable QB, and the pass rush will be terrifying.)
    — Over on the Rams. (A tough division, but maybe worth a gamble they can put it together with a solid D and some weapons on O.)
    — Under on the Cowboys. (Vegas apparently things way more highly of them than I do. Will they be able to stop anyone, particularly in a division that’s going to be better than it was last year?)
    — Under on the Dolphins. (O-line troubles, stronger division.)

    And then way over on the 49ers. In general, I think this list underestimates the top teams. The Broncos, Seahawks, and Saints should also be higher.

    But what do I know? I don’t gamble.

  • James Kling

    Take the under… remember, we have an old defense! Warren Sapp said so!

  • Krankor

    Me, I’d take the under. I foresee a season similar to last year, where we start very rocky out of the gate, but then improve as the season wears on. I say this simply because we’re probably going to be relying on a number of rookie starters, and it’s going to take them some time to get up to speed.