Betting on the NFL Preseason Steelers at Broncos Odds

August 29th, 2010 by

pittsburgh steelers When you think of the current Pittsburgh Steelers squad there are plenty of positions that might produce a question mark or two, but QB is not one of them. Yet that is the biggest question mark that this team will be addressing in its betting NFL preseason showdown with the Denver Broncos.

The Steelers are fortunate to have one of the best QBs in the game, 2-time Super Bowl Champion Ben Roethlisberger, but thanks to his abominable behavior off the field the team will be without his services for at least the first four games of the 2010 NFL betting lines action. The team has just 4 preseason games to try and resolve this QB issue and in reality this matchup with the Broncos will be the decisive game in terms of deciding the starter.

Heading into the preseason it was all but a foregone conclusion that Byron Leftwich would take the reins behind center until Big Ben was re-instated. But the issue has become a bit clouded during the first half of the preseason as second-year man Dennis Dixon, formerly of the University of Oregon, has been outstanding.

Leftwich has also been performing well and has proven in the past that he can lead this offense to the end zone a few caretaker wins as he did last season. But Dixon has performed well in his only professional start is a very good scrambler –a dimension that Leftwich does not possess and which opens up a lot of doors in terms of offensive scheming.

It will be interesting to see which QB does get the start but odds are leaning towards Leftwich getting the starting job based on his experience, with Dixon likely seeing plenty of snaps as well in perhaps a ‘wildcat’ type of situation.

The Broncos on the other hand would love to have even one of the Steelers QB. Kyle Orton performed better than expected last season with 21 TDs and just 12 INTs but about the best thing that can be said is that he didn’t turn the ball over too much. He is no long term fix behind center and Broncos are hoping that first-round pick and college legend, Tim Tebow might grow in the role of starter and if healthy he should see a good chunk of playing time on Sunday.

Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 8:05 Eastern Time and sbg opened with the Steelers as a 1-point favorite with an over/under total at 36.

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