Saints and Steelers Super Bowl Odds Fall with Injuries to Brees and Roethlisberger

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers (photo credit: USA TODAY Sports)

Injuries are an unfortunate part of the NFL. In Week 2, two big ones were suffered that changed the NFL betting landscape. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees suffered a bad dumb injury, and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo season-ending elbow surgery. The reports involving Brees and Roethlisberger played catalyst to some big changes to Super Bowl futures odds for the Saints and Steelers.

Saints Drop from +1000 to +2000

Coming out of Week 1 of the NFL, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook had the New Orleans Saints at +1000 (10-to-1) to win the Super Bowl. Those odds were up from the +1200 (12-to-1) the Saints had before they played their opening game. Exiting Week 2, Westgate had dropped the Saints’ odds to +2000 (20-to-1). The drop wasn’t so much due to New Orleans’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but rather because of the injury suffered to star quarterback Drew Brees.

On a pass attempt, Brees’ throwing arm smashed into the arm of Aaron Donald, causing Brees to injure his thumb to such severity that will require surgery and an estimated absence of six weeks. Brees is the NFL’s all-time leading passer for pass yards, but it will now be Teddy Bridgewater taking over for the foreseeable future.

Brees went out early against the Rams. Bridgewater stepped in and went 17-for-30 for 165 yards. He didn’t throw a touchdown and he didn’t throw an interception, but Bridgewater did fumbled one time that the Saints recovered.

Although Bridgewater has plenty of experience in the NFL, including time as a starting quarterback, and he’s certainly one of the better backup QBs in the league, he’s not Brees.

Other teams group at the same price point are the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks.

Steelers Plummet from +3000 to +20000

Ben Roethlisberger did not return to Pittsburgh’s Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks after halftime. Second-year backup QB Mason Rudolph stepped in to take over and we learned the next day that it will be Rudolph running the show for the rest of the season. Roethlisberger suffered an injury to his elbow that will require season-ending surgery, vaulting Rudolph into the starting role.

In his time against the Seahawks, Rudolph went 12-for-19 for 112 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

The Steelers were +1800 (18-to-1) entering their Week 1 showcase against the New England Patriots. New England destroyed Pittsburgh by a score of 33-3 and the Steelers did not look very good in the contest. After Week 1, the Westgate had adjusted Pittsburgh odds to win the Super Bowl to +3000 (30-to-1).

Following Pittsburgh’s Week 2 loss to the Seahawks that dropped the Steelers to 0-2, the Roethlisberger news hit the wire. With Roethlisberger out for the year, the Steelers are now listed at +20000 (200-to-1) to win the Super Bowl. Those odds have Pittsburgh as more of a long shot than teams such as the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans, who are all at +10000 (100-to-1). The Steelers have the same odds as the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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