Steelers go from 10-point favorites to 6-point favorites with Ben Roethlisberger out

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The sports betting market says the difference between Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph is about four points.

The Steelers were 10-point favorites over the Lions today until they announced that Roethlisberger is out with COVID-19. With Mason Rudolph starting, the Steelers are now six-point favorites.

Shifting betting lines after a quarterback is ruled out provide a good assessment of how much better a team’s starting quarterback is perceived to be than his backup. The point spread shifted by seven points when Jordan Love replaced Aaron Rodgers for the Packers last week. The point spread shifted by five to six points when Cooper Rush replaced Dak Prescott for the Cowboys two weeks ago.

Rudolph has started nine games in his career and the Steelers are 5-4 in those games.

7 responses to “Steelers go from 10-point favorites to 6-point favorites with Ben Roethlisberger out

  1. I’ve been watching the Lions since 1978 (I know man, I know), and as Lions history goes, Mason Rudolph will have a career day today.

    It is the most bizarre thing ever with this franchise and the most Lions thing all in one.

  2. I wonder who would have to be under center for the Lions to be considered favorites

  3. You need to factor in the steelers are playing the 0-8 lions not the 4-4 chiefs and consider the level of defense the qb(Rudolph) has backing him up against the worst team in the nfl. Chances are the lions score less then 10 points and the steelers d scores some on its own.

  4. I caught the Lions +8.5 earlier this week..with a little sugar on Lions moneyline…but with the upgrade at QB…I bet the Steelers -5.5 this morning…so either way I’ve made money on this game…before it’s even been played…

  5. Rudolph can throw deep, something Ben has not been consistent with this season. I am interested to see what adjustments are made in the offensive gameplan.

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