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NFL Gambling: Markets React to Pittsburgh Steelers’ Dysfunction

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Things are getting ugly in Pittsburgh. Le’Veon Bell was spotted in Florida on a jet ski. Antonio Brown missed Monday’s practice but is reportedly back with the team. This after he passive aggressively requested a trade on Twitter. He also got into it with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner during last week’s loss to Kansas City. When asked about the situation, head coach Mike Tomlin was unsurprisingly defensive. And let’s not forget the offseason chatter of Ben Roethlisberger’s impending retirement. Big Ben of course changed his tune when it was announced nemesis Todd Haley wasn’t returning. Add it all up and you have a team that was lined at 10 wins and one of the top betting choices to win the AFC sitting with a record of 0-1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS. In fact, dating back to last year, the Steelers have covered only ONE game in their last nine tries. The betting markers have taken notice. After opening -2.5 for Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay, most offshore sportsbooks now show Pittsburgh as -1 chalk. Note that CG Technology lined the Steelers -4 back in May with its look-ahead point spreads. It really boils down to two opinions: The Steelers are a mess and not worth betting on until they figure it out. Or, the Steelers still have a ton of talent and offer value against a Tampa Bay team off to an incredible and likely unsustainable start.

“I’m focused on real legitimate things, OK? Seriously,” he [Tomlin] said. “We gave up a few big plays. We’re playing a team that is big-play capable. We haven’t won a game yet. Those are the real things.”

Andrew Lange

With significant market influence, Andrew Lange has produced a decade-long 58% winning rate on over 750 selections in college basketball. Using a low volume, high return approach, Lange's results in the NFL have been equally impressive with a 61% mark and over +49 units of profit on a 1, 1.5, and 2-unit scale since 2012.