Updated Bengals vs. Steelers Betting Odds: Ben Roethlisberger on COVID-19 List, Line on the Move
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images. Pictured: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
NFL Odds: Bengals vs. Steelers
|Bengals Odds||+6.5 [Bet Now]|
|Steelers Odds||-6.5 [Bet Now]|
|Over/Under||45.5 [Bet Now]|
|Time||Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET|
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without Ben Roethlisberger — on the practice field — this week as they prepare for the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.
Roethlisberger, along with OL Jerald Hawkins, RB Jaylen Samuels and LB Vince Williams, has been placed on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list.
And while that doesn’t mean he’s ruled out for Sunday’s game — see Matthew Stafford this past weekend — it does mean that he’ll have to remain in isolation for five days, and produce negative COVID-19 tests leading up to kickoff.
As you’d expect, the betting markets have taken notice.
Up until this morning, the line had been making its way down from Pittsburgh -10 to -7.5, as some early sharp action landed on the Bengals — though it’s unlikely it had anything to do with today’s news.
Almost immediately following the Big Ben news, however, sportsbooks had taken this game’s odds off the board.
FanDuel, which had been listing the Steelers at that consensus of -7.5, re-opened just before 11 a.m. ET at Pittsburgh -6.5. And while a one-point move may not seem like a whole lot, it’s actually quite significant considering the important of the number 7 in football betting — not to mention the fact that Roethlisberger still very well could play.
The over/under, which had been at 47, made its reappearance at 45.5.
You can track all the re-opening lines as they’re released, and shop for the best odds in the market, here.