TJ Watt’s Impact Gives Value to Steelers ML vs San Francisco

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2.5-point home underdogs to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon.
  • TJ Watt’s impact on the Steelers’ success gives value to their +115 moneyline odds.
  • Meanwhile, Nick Bosa is holding out for a contract extension and might not play in the game.

PITTSBURGH – Betting odds for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49ers favor the 49ers by 2.5 points.

Although the 49ers won four more games than the Steelers last season, USA online sportsbooks are considering the impact of home-field advantage and star edge rushers with a narrow spread.

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs San Francisco 49ers Betting Lines

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5 (-110) +115 O41.0 (-110)
San Francisco 49ers -2.5 (-110) -135 U41.0 (-110)

The Steelers have an 8-3 record as home underdogs since 2018 and have +115 odds to win outright on Sunday. TJ Watt gives them a great opportunity to start the 2023-2024 NFL season with a win against the 49ers.

Star Defensive Players Factor into Betting

The Pittsburgh Steelers showed last year they’re a dangerous team with a healthy TJ Watt on the defensive front. After posting a 1-6 record without Watt, Pittsburgh won eight of 10 games with Watt in 2022 for a final record of 9-8.

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The Steelers defense with TJ Watt allowed only 16.9 points per game and 288.8 total yards, adding 32 sacks and 18 turnovers in 10 games. Without Watt, the Steelers gave up 25.3 points per game and 389.9 yards, posting only eight sacks and five turnovers.

Watt’s presence alone gives value to the +115 odds at NFL online sportsbooks for Pittsburgh to win outright. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers may be without Nick Bosa as he holds out for a contract extension.

The 49ers are 5-10 without Nick Bosa, who hasn’t practiced with the team throughout contract negotiations. Betting odds at California sportsbooks could swing in favor of the Steelers if Bosa sits out the Week 1 matchup in Pittsburgh.