The Pittsburgh Steelers have attracted substantial betting attention for their Sunday home game against the Cincinnati Bengals in one of the states where BetMGM operates. But the mild surprise is that that among those jurisdictions with that distinction for the Steelers, as 3-point favorites, is not in the Pennsylvania sports betting market — it’s in Tennessee.
At least that was the anomaly late in the week and the betting trends can, and probably will, shift. Late in the week, BetMGM Pennsylvania customers were apparently putting their cash on Tampa Bay because the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (1- to 1.5-point favorites over the L.A. Rams) had drawn the most betting tickets in that state and the Las Vegas Raiders (4-point favorites at home against Miami) had drawn the most handle.
Regarding the Steelers on BetMGM overall, the wagering was even. For the spread handle, 51% was on Pittsburgh.
So far, the Steelers are 3-point favorites over the Bengals with the line sliding from the 4.5, 5-point range. Pittsburgh is 1-1 in the AFC North and 1-1 against the spread. Division rival Cincinnati is also 1-1 in the AFC North and 1-1 ATS. Both teams are coming off losses.
Bengals QB Joe Burrow had a horrible stretch in a loss to Chicago, throwing three consecutive interceptions. However, the Steelers defense gave up nearly 400 passing yards to Las Vegas. Pittsburgh defensive star T.J. Watt left the Vegas game with a groin injury and his presence/effectiveness for Sunday remains a question.
At FanDuel Pennsylvania, the underdog Bengals (+3) have attracted more handle on both the point spread (56%) and the moneyline (55%). The posted total was 43.5 and the Under was attracting the majority of the money (77%) at FanDuel. Bettors loved the Under at BetMGM as well with 62% of the Totals handle on the Under with the O/U dropping to 44 from 47.
Overall, the Steelers are attracting Pennsylvania gambling money at about a 2-to-1 clip ATS but moneyline betting is fairly even.