It’s one of those games that seems made for sports betting.
The Dolphins haven’t won a single game yet. The 2-4 Steelers are two-touchdown favorites. So in the absence of on-field drama, bettors can turn to the sportsbook for excitement.
An over or under. A prop bet. A winning ticket.
And before long, a lackluster Monday Night Football game becomes awash with excitement, producing a gambling sweat that lasts for all four quarters of the game.
Dolphins looking for first win Monday Night
The home Pittsburgh Steelers take on the winless Miami Dolphins on Monday night at Heinz Field. With little intrigue appearing on the surface, it makes sense to dive deep into the betting lines that may give this matchup a little more juice.
Thankfully, Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks have plenty of options for bettors. The newly-renovated Rivers Sportsbook has the Steelers as 14-point favorites with a moneyline price of -770. The over/under is set at 43 points.
Some bettors may look to alternate lines and totals to increase their odds and the sportsbooks have plenty of those to offer.
Pittsburgh is seeking a second-straight win
On the field, the Steelers return from a bye week and the Dolphins are playing in their second-straight road game after losing to Buffalo 31-21. Pittsburgh’s last game was a 24-17 road win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Quarterback Mason Rudolph is expected to be back for the Steelers who will face veteran Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the matchup.
The Steelers have been lackluster on offense this season, ranking 28th in the league with starter Ben Roethlisberger out for the season. Miami has been bad nearly everywhere, ranking 31st on offense and 30th on defense according to the Associated Press.
Quite frankly, something has to give.
For bettors looking for an edge, the AP preview might be a good place to start. That capsule is filled with a lot of good information and in-depth analysis.
One interesting note via the article is the performance of Steelers kicker Chris Boswell, who could help put some points on the board. Boswell is a perfect 11-for-11 on field goals for the season.
FanDuel has the Steelers team total at 28.5
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Dolphins individual team total set at 14.5 points. The Steelers total is posted at 28.5 points.
FanDuel also has a variety of bets posted for each quarter and each half. FOX Bet and BetRivers also have odds available for races to specific point totals.
Most sportsbooks have the first half spread set near seven points and the first-half total posted at 20.5. Parx Sportsbook has a number of prop bets available on the game’s touchdowns.
You can also expect some live betting odds available at a number of sites after kickoff.
Monday Night Football seems better with betting
Maybe the teams aren’t great. Maybe the game even seems boring. Across the industry, you’ll find more than 80 bets available on Monday night’s action.
And that’s exactly what can carry the Steelers-Dolphins showdown from meh to memorable.