With the new schedule release, comes the release of the individual game odds. In the first release, the oddsmakers have the Pittsburgh Steelers favored in ten of their 2020 season’s games. This season will also mark the return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who missed the majority of the 2019 season. Let’s take a look at the schedule along with the oddsmakers’ predictions for each game.
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2020 Regular Season Schedule
Sept. 14 at NY Giants, 7:15 p.m. ET
The Steelers open up on the road with a Monday Night tilt. Despite some improvements that the Giants made after last season, the Steelers are a three-point favorite and rightfully so. The game also marks the second year in a row they are opening on prime-time television.
Sept. 20 vs. Denver, 1:00 p.m. ET
The first home game for the Steelers sees them as a six-point favorite over the Broncos. Another young team that should improve, but not enough to overcome the Steelers at Heinz field
Sept. 27 vs. Houston, 1:00 p.m. ET
The first playoff team comes to town in the form of the Texans. Oddsmakers must not be fond of DeAndre Hopkins being traded away as they have made the Steelers a five-point favorite. This game will feature a Watt family reunion when Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt and fullback Derek Watt host their brother, Houston Texans defensive end, J.J. Watt.
Oct. 4 at Tennessee, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Steelers will be an underdog when they go on the road to face the Titans, a team that emerged from the Wild Card Playoff Round to go to the AFC Championship game last year.
Oct. 11 vs. Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Steelers are a slight favorite to beat the Eagles in the battle of Pennsylvania. It will be the first time the Eagles have visited Heinz Field since 2012.
Oct. 18 vs. Cleveland, 1:00 p.m. ET
AFC North football kicks into full effect in Week 6 when the Cleveland Browns visit. The Steelers are a four-point favorite and will mark a reunion of sorts after last year’s incident involving the Browns Myles Garrett.
Oct. 25 at Baltimore, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Steelers are a touchdown underdog at the travel to face the defending AFC North champion Ravens and their MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Nov. 8 at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. ET
The Steelers then travel to play the team that most expect the win the NFC East. Oddsmakers have made the Cowboys a three-point favorite, in the only game currently scheduled for a late afternoon start.
Nov. 15 vs. Cincinnati, 1:00 p.m ET
The Steelers will get their first look at number one draft pick Joe Burrow in a game that has the Steelers favored by nine points.
Nov. 22 at Jacksonville, 1:00 p.m. ET
Even though the Steelers are favored by six, this will be no trip to the beach as they head south to face the always tough Jaguars and the star running back Leonard Fournette. The Steelers last played the Jaguars in 2018, a 20-16 victory.
Nov. 26 vs. Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. ET
This marks the only home game in which the Steelers will be underdogs. It will mark the eighth time the Steelers have played on Thanksgiving, but the first time at home. The Steelers last played on Thanksgiving in 2016, a 28-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Dec. 6 vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Steelers have won the last six games against the Redskins, dating back to 1997. The oddsmakers feel it will be seven-in-a-row as the Steelers are favored by 10.
Dec. 13 at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. ET
Will the prime-time match-up allow the Steelers the chance to visit the Anchor Bar and Grill to sample some of their famous Buffalo wings? They probably shouldn’t as the Bills are a three-point favorite in this game. The Bills ended a playoff drought last year by qualifying as a wild-card.
Dec. 21 at Cincinnati, 8:15 p.m. ET
The Steelers get their second prime-time match-up in a row, a Monday night contest at Paul Brown Stadium against the Bengals. The Steelers are a four-point favorite in this game.
Dec. 27 vs. Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m. ET
The final home game of the regular season will be a Week 16 match-up against the Indianapolis Colts and their new quarterback Philip Rivers. The Steelers have won the last six games against the Colts, and the oddsmakers believe it will be seven after this game is played.
Jan. 3 at Cleveland, 1:00 p.m. ET
In what fans hope will be a meaningless game as the Steelers would have already clinched a playoff spot, the Steelers travel to the Dawg Pound for this tilt. The Steelers currently are only a one-point favorite in this game that is always a tough match-up.
So if the season does unfold the way the oddsmakers predict, the Steelers will finish 10-6, which should qualify them for the playoffs. But then again, what in 2020 has been normal? The NFL is planning on playing the entire 2020 season as scheduled, with increased protocols and safety measures for all at the forefront due to COVID-19.